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Darcourt In The Lyre of Orpheus Robertson Davies writes about a character named Simon Darcourt who is a Professor of Greek and Latin and is on the board of Directors of the Cornish Foundation He is also a self-diagnosed boozer who hopes to help a young womans dream come true by giving her a scholarship Right away the character Darcourt shows a contradiction in the way he conducts himself publicly and how he conducts himself personally This woman a Miss Hulda Schnakenburg is very talented in the arts and wants to finish an opera that a man named Hoffman began Her main problem is that she does not have the proper funding she needs to finish this project In short she will most likely be forced into illicit illegal acts just to make ends meet In this short passage Darcourt is interviewing Miss Hulda Schnakenburg aka Schnak for a scholarship and Schnak isnt very amiable Darcourts multipersonalities are very much on the contrary Darcourt admits to himself that he is an alcoholic or boozer and in realizing his problem he denies it with great pessimism Wouldnt the Cornish Foundation drive a saint to the bottle Darcourt Another example of Darcourts pessimism is when he is trying to decide whether to accept Schnak for the scholarship and as someone on whom large sums of money were to be risked she struck chill to his heart Darcourt He seems to have very little trust in the average person seeing them through a cynical eye Darcourt is the type of person who will speak his mind first without thinking of the consequences of his speech he is also very upfront about the way he presents information even if it pertains to himself he was drinking to much no doubt about itDarcourt Even when not aloud Darcourts thoughts are very judgmental she doesnt eat enoughshes a genius in the great romantic period Darcourt Though mostly judgmental and cynical
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