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Victory

Joseph Conrad

Character Analysis Ricardo

Gentleman Jones' "secretary," Martin Ricardo, also travels under an assumed name. He appears to be a renegade Englishman who has assumed a Spanish name. He is a stocky, pockmarked vandal whose appearance, actions, and instincts are all feline and "feral." Conrad says that every cat he looks at reminds him of Ricardo. Conrad does not motivate Ricardo. No one knows what makes him bloodthirsty and violent. Neither Jones nor Ricardo has a single redeeming feature. Their ugliness is deadly and their deadliness, perpetual. Ricardo has one weakness, too. He can be duped by an attractive woman. Lena dupes and destroys him.