1. How do the physical descriptions of John Montraville and Belcour set the tone for the novel?
John and Belcour are described as clean-cut British Army officers. They are in uniform and appear dashing to young girls. This sets the tone of the novel toward deceit. Although these men are handsome, they immediately start scheming and bribing to get what they want. Even though they may look pretty, their actions are not.
2. How is La Rue characterized at the beginning of the novel?
La Rue has a favorite student, Charlotte. Instead of treating Charlotte well, she takes her to a party which she does not like. She also brings Charlotte outside again so John can give her a note. La Rue is Charlotte's teacher and should protect and care for her best interests. Because she does not, La Rue is characterized as a weak and distrustful person.
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