Hi there! Welcome or welcome back to my Blogging A-Z theme for the month: Fave Fictional Characters.
Today is letter P:
Why? Because he's the pithy mentor and I just have a soft spot for wise old teachers. Every hero needs one, and sometimes they come in the least likeliest of ways--mainly I think that's because all the good ones are already taken. lol. Seriously, the classic stories have used up all the images of wise mentors, so now it's up to us writers to think outside the box and create new ones.
But back to the Priest from Count of Monte Cristo--he was just the epitome of the role. So much to teach, and whom without, Edmond Dantes would have never succeeded as he did. The Priest held the treasure map, that much is true... and without knowing the priest, Edmond would've never had access to the trove of treasure buried away on some unknown island. BUT! The real treasure was in the knowledge the Priest passed on to him.
Now the book is a classic through and through, and one of my faves. There's also more than one film version, but I just adore any performance by Richard Harris, and him as the Priest was pure perfection.
The best part of the story (and film) is when the Priest is teaching Edmond in the cell. Here are a few lines that resonate:
PRIEST: In return of your help, I offer you something priceless.
EDMOND: My freedom?
PRIEST: No, freedom can be taken away, as you well know. I offer you my knowledge.
The Count of Monte Cristo is a story masterpiece, IMO
And as a bonus for P day, another fave character:
How about you? Have a fave P character to share? Or any thoughts on my picks? I love to hear from you! Share anything you like ...