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11.The Model Millionaire
– Oscar Wilde
Q.1. Write the character sketch of Hughie highlighting :
(1) His appearance
(2) his professional and monetary condition
(3) his attitude to money
(4) his love for Laura
(5) his good luck
Ans. Hughie Erskine is the central figure of the story ‘ Model Millionaire’. He is handsome enough. He has crisp brown hair, clear-cut profile and grey eyes. He is good looking . He is popular among men and women for his charming personality and gentle behaviour.
Hughie tries several professions . first of all he tries stock Exchange for a few years then he works as a ten merchant and sells sherry . But he fails in all of them. He remain jobless person. He lived on 200 pounds a year which his old aunt has allowed.he does not care for money.
His bad luck is that he has fallen in love with Laura, the daughter of a retired colonel. Both of them love each other very much. But the father of Laura does not want to get his daughter married with him. He wants that Hughie should give him ten thousand pounds from his earning .
At last Hughie luck take turn. He goes to his friends Alan Trevor a painter. There he sees that Alan is painting a beggar. The condition of the beggar moves the feelings of Hughie and he gives the beggar a gold coin as an alms. The beggar is one of the richest men of Europe. He invests his gold coin in business and gets a lot of interest. From Alan Trevor he comes to know the trouble of Hughie. He sends a cheque of ten thousand pounds to Hughie and helps him to win Laura as his wife.
11.The Model Millionaire (Part -2)