Chapter 2 - Character: Casting Shadows (Part 13).
Note: This post doesn’t have an exercise, but it’s important information.
Fiction gives you the ability to read people’s minds. You can see inside a person’s head and read their most intimate thoughts. As the reader, you may even get a side of the characters that nobody else gets to see.
Take a look at this passage from The Name of the Wind:
I would never have gotten away with it if not for two of Hemme’s numerous flaws. First, his general stupidity in not believing what I had told him the day before. Second, his desire to see me embarrassed as thoroughly as possible.
Plainly said, he was giving me enough rope to hang myself with. Apparently, he didn’t realize that once a noose is tied, it will fit one neck as easily as another.
Based on his thought process, we know that our narrator, Kvothe, has little respect for Hemme. We also know that he is confident.
Now, Kvothe doesn’t hide his confidence from others, but the way he plans to take revenge on Hemme isn’t something he would tell anyone. Hemme is a person of authority, so Kvothe simply plays along.