HERMAN MELVILLE'S THE CONFIDENCE MAN
(1857), CHAPTER XVI, "A SICK man, after some Impatience, Is Induced to Become a Patient," finds us aboard the steamboat Fidele, gliding down the mighty Mississippi on our way to New Orleans and the Gulf.
Nor do we know two further basic matters: how or when it occurred to him to put his Confidence Man
aboard a Mississippi steamboat rather than keep him, like his prototype, in an eastern city, or when in his planning and writing of the book Melville enlarged his Confidence Man
to a character of wider social and even cosmic significance than the newspaper original.
At first, Stephen Burroughs, a counterfeiter, thief, and confidence man
, seems to have little in common with the law-writing and law-abiding Benjamin Franklin.
Each month Gulliver, an innocent descending into the abyss, would meet a different representative of London life--a confidence man
, a black marketeer, a racing tipster--and would be suitably shocked.
John C Reilly (Magnolia, The Aviator) is Richard, a thoroughly detestable confidence man
who earns his living by conning grannies out of $100 bills.
October 4, 2004 - Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; -- October 25, 2004 - Crossfire host and political consultant James Carville, who will share timely analysis of the upcoming elections; -- November 15, 2004 - America's "Queen of Suspense," the number one best-selling female suspense writer in America, Mary Higgins Clark; -- January 25, 2005 - Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former Israeli Minister of Defense Shimon Peres; -- February 21, 2005 - Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Dave Barry; -- March 28, 2005 - Pulitzer Prize winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin; -- April 25, 2005 - World-famous confidence man
and subject of the motion picture Catch Me If You Can, Frank Abagnale.
Scotty is a confidence man
and he just shrivelled - in the second half he wasn't in the game.
In next week's episode, she must track down a confidence man
who escapes from her responsibility via the women he has seduced; that a Leonard Cohen song serves as a plot point gives you an idea of the hipster cool that percolates throughout this series (the show employs David Holmes' funky ``Out of Sight'' score).
For Ishmael it is Father Mapple, a man of faith who, like Jonah, is "an anointed pilot-prophet, or speaker of true things" and who holds out "Delight,--top-gallant delight" for repentant sinners (47, 48); for Ahab it is Fedallah who, although his name suggests "faith," is a riddling pilot--a confidence man
who tells unrepentant Ahab that, despite his recurring dream of hearses, "neither hearse nor coffin can be thine" but that, "if it come to the last, I shall still go before thee thy pilot" (498-99).
Four weeks after making and sticking to a new year resolution, Billy has led me from an 11 stone 10lbs excuse-maker in a three piece suit to 10 stone 3lbs, supremely confidence man
no longer fearful of the fact he'd just turned 31.