I’ve been writing for this character in an upcoming novel. He is known as Mr. Pembrook. He is an older, mysterious omniscient introverted hermit of a man offering sage advice.
Here are just a few quirky proclivities he exhibits:
He walks through the woods to get back to his home, but a peculiar trait of his is that he never takes the same path twice.
He prefers to be in total darkness, also known as Nyctophilia.
He prefers to be alone, living out in the middle of nowhere but is friendly and loves to talk to people.
He has a book strap loaded with five books that he takes with him while he walks.
It takes tons of research to get into this unique character, but it is fun creating little nuggets such as quotes.
Here is a quote of his that I felt translates pretty well into our reality that he said to the protagonist of the story:
“A foolish man is often tempted by the spoils of his wants, while the wise man is content in receiving felicitous needs.”
This simple statement sticks with the protagonist throughout the story. Using it as a mantra to keep himself grounded.
Here is another quote of his when the protagonist was struggling with the ups and downs of his life:
“Life swings ironically like the pendulum of death. Every swing that doesn’t spell our doom, we rest easy for that moment only to brace once again for our inevitable fate.”
And lastly, one more nugget on the topic of books, which we all hold so dearly to us all. I pulled this part of the dialogue from the book so it’s a synopsis of the altercation.
He was verbally assaulted by a group of younger men as he walked by, chastising Mr. Pembrook over his collection of books:
“My books? They are no use to you. I am not bothering anybody. I am just an old man passing by, is all.”
After this response, one of the teens grabbed Mr. Pembrook’s book strap.
To which a feisty Mr. Pembrook replied:
“So selective in your victims if only you were so determined to collect a thought. So quick to find a reason to dislike, hate, and despise any person that is not yourself.”
One of the teens pressed Mr. Pembrook on his reasoning for carrying his books around, to which he replied:
“Books are collections of truths, logic, thoughts, ideas, and impossibilities made possible. They are a reminder to us all, present and future, that we need to continue to think, be creative, and process thoughts, sometimes, think critically as a species. The day we give up on our thoughts, we sacrifice our individuality. If we become mentally stagnant, all alike for the wrong reasons, if we are all mentally similar, we are all the same, essentially a sea of nobodies.”
One thing I wanted to do is present truths in his quotes that are relevant to real life. The above quote speaks a volume of truths on why books are so important.
Anyway, let me know what you think!
Thanks for reading!
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