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20th Jan '16 3:59:58 PM roxana
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* TheShowMustGoOn: Gradually Lorenzo come to realize that this principle on which he's grounded his whole life applies to more than acting.
26th Aug '15 6:49:46 PM mlsmithca
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Although Smythe is reluctant at first, he soon becomes interested in the political opinions he's now forced to advocate, and starts to make an honest effort to get along with the aliens and the political supporters he always tried to avoid in the past. And when he has to make an appearance at the court of Bonforte's long-time friend,Willem of Orange, Emperor of the Solar System, he finds himself enjoying his new role and the friendships it brings more than he'd imagined...

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Although Smythe is reluctant at first, he soon becomes interested in the political opinions he's now forced to advocate, and starts to make an honest effort to get along with the aliens and the political supporters he always tried to avoid in the past. And when he has to make an appearance at the court of Bonforte's long-time friend,Willem friend, Willem of Orange, Emperor of the Solar System, he finds himself enjoying his new role and the friendships it brings more than he'd imagined...
22nd Jul '14 12:31:20 PM roxana
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** To be fair he is clearly a very fine actor, and the Emperor himself is one of his fans.
30th Jun '14 2:47:09 PM Gillimer
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Although Smythe is reluctant at first, he soon becomes interested in the political opinions he's now forced to advocate, and starts to make an honest effort to get along with the aliens and the political supporters he always tried to avoid in the past. And when he has to make an appearance at the court of Bonforte's long-time friend, Galactic Emperor Willem of the Netherlands, he finds himself enjoying his new role and the friendships it brings more than he'd imagined...

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Although Smythe is reluctant at first, he soon becomes interested in the political opinions he's now forced to advocate, and starts to make an honest effort to get along with the aliens and the political supporters he always tried to avoid in the past. And when he has to make an appearance at the court of Bonforte's long-time friend, Galactic friend,Willem of Orange, Emperor Willem of the Netherlands, Solar System, he finds himself enjoying his new role and the friendships it brings more than he'd imagined...


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* FictionalPoliticalParty: The plot revolves around the struggle between the Humanity Party (with the slogan "government of humans, by humans, for humans") and Bonforte's Expansionists. Smythe is at first confused by reading that the early Expansionist Party sounds a lot like the present Humanity Party (which splintered off as the Expansionist coalition became less Terracentric). He didn't realize at first that "parties, like men, change as they grow up."
6th May '13 10:04:45 PM Sheora
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Martians have a highly complex system of politeness. The main problem of the book is that a politician may be late to a ceremony that inducts him into a Martian clan. There is a legend on Mars about a young Martian who was on his way to a high honor (equal at least to an alien being inducted to a clan), and the consequence of being late was ''death''. Due to no fault of his own, he was late, but it was proposed (by some of the Martian radicals) that he be given a second chance, on account of youth and having an extremely distinguished record. He would have none of it. So he insisted on the right to prosecute the case against him against ''himself'', won the case, and was consequently executed. Which is why he is now held in reverence as the ''patron saint of propriety'' on Mars.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Martians have a highly complex system of politeness. The main problem of the book is that a politician may be late to a ceremony that inducts him into a Martian clan. There is a legend on Mars about a young Martian who was on his way to a high honor (equal at least to an alien being inducted to a clan), and the consequence of being late was ''death''. Due to no fault of his own, he was late, but it was proposed (by some of the Martian radicals) that he be given a second chance, on account of youth and having an extremely distinguished record. He would have none of it. So he insisted on the right to prosecute the case against him against ''himself'', won the case, and was consequently executed. Which is why he is now held in reverence as the ''patron saint of propriety'' on Mars.
6th May '13 9:58:31 PM Sheora
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25th Jan '13 11:59:16 PM adbrown
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Martians have a highly complex system of politeness. The main problem of the book is that a politician may be late to a ceremony that inducts him into a Martian clan. There is a legend on Mars about a young Martian who was on his way to a high honor (equal at least to being inducted to a clan), and the consequence of being late was ''death''. Due to no fault of his own, he was late, but it was proposed (by some of the Martian radicals) that he be given a second chance, on account of youth and having an extremely distinguished record. He would have none of it. So he insisted on the right to prosecute the case against him against ''himself'', won the case, and was consequently executed. Which is why he is now held in reverence as the ''patron saint of propriety'' on Mars.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Martians have a highly complex system of politeness. The main problem of the book is that a politician may be late to a ceremony that inducts him into a Martian clan. There is a legend on Mars about a young Martian who was on his way to a high honor (equal at least to an alien being inducted to a clan), and the consequence of being late was ''death''. Due to no fault of his own, he was late, but it was proposed (by some of the Martian radicals) that he be given a second chance, on account of youth and having an extremely distinguished record. He would have none of it. So he insisted on the right to prosecute the case against him against ''himself'', won the case, and was consequently executed. Which is why he is now held in reverence as the ''patron saint of propriety'' on Mars.
25th Jan '13 11:57:48 PM adbrown
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Lorenzo Smythe is an out of work actor. Brilliant at his trade, egotistical as hell, but completely unemployed. He receives an interesting job offer: impersonate someone so perfectly that no one will know he isn't the original. Only after accepting the job does he realize the person is John Joseph Bonforte, a famous (and infamous) politician who is the antitheses of every vague political opinion the generally species-bigoted Smythe holds. But he's accepted the job, and to hide Bonforte's kidnapping from the public, Smythe must learn to completely become another person in looks, thoughts, and actions--and to put aside his own.

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Lorenzo Smythe is an out of work actor. Brilliant at his trade, egotistical as hell, but completely ''completely'' unemployed. He receives an interesting job offer: impersonate someone so perfectly that no one will know he isn't the original. Only after accepting the job (under a little desperation) does he realize the person in question is John Joseph Bonforte, a famous (and infamous) politician who is the antitheses antithesis of every vague political opinion the generally species-bigoted Smythe holds. But he's accepted the job, and to hide Bonforte's kidnapping from the public, Smythe must learn to completely become another person in looks, thoughts, and actions--and to put aside his own.



* AuthorFilibuster: It wouldn't be a Heinlein novel without one.

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* AuthorFilibuster: It wouldn't be a Heinlein novel without one. [[spoiler: Although this is one of the better ones, being a narrative from a former racist (speciesist) about how he learned the idea of common values.]]



* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Martians have a highly complex system of politeness. The main problem of the book is that a politician may be late to a ceremony that inducts him into a Martian clan. There is a legend on Mars about a young Martian who was late to something important (equal to being inducted to a clan), and the consequence of this is ''death''. Due to no fault of his own, he was late, but it was proposed (by some of the Martian radicals) that he be given a second chance, on account of youth and having an extremely distinguished record. He would have none of it. So he insisted on the right to prosecute the case against him against himself, won the case, and was consequently executed. Which is why he is now held in reverence as the ''patron saint of propriety'' on Mars.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Martians have a highly complex system of politeness. The main problem of the book is that a politician may be late to a ceremony that inducts him into a Martian clan. There is a legend on Mars about a young Martian who was late on his way to something important a high honor (equal at least to being inducted to a clan), and the consequence of this is being late was ''death''. Due to no fault of his own, he was late, but it was proposed (by some of the Martian radicals) that he be given a second chance, on account of youth and having an extremely distinguished record. He would have none of it. So he insisted on the right to prosecute the case against him against himself, ''himself'', won the case, and was consequently executed. Which is why he is now held in reverence as the ''patron saint of propriety'' on Mars.
25th Jan '13 11:46:22 PM adbrown
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Lorenzo Smythe is an out of work actor. Brilliant at his trade, egotistical as hell, but completely unemployed. He receives an interesting job offer: impersonate Bonforte, a politician, to hide his kidnapping from the public. To pull the deception off, Smythe must learn to completely become another person in looks, thoughts and actions and put aside his own.

Although Smythe is reluctant at first, he soon becomes interested in the political opinions he's now forced to advocate, and starts to make an honest effort to get along with the aliens and the political supporters he always tried to avoid in the past. And when he has to make an appearance at the court of Bonforte's long-time friend, Galactic Emperor Willem of the Netherlands, he finds himself enjoying his new role and the friendships it brings more than he'd imagined.

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Lorenzo Smythe is an out of work actor. Brilliant at his trade, egotistical as hell, but completely unemployed. He receives an interesting job offer: impersonate someone so perfectly that no one will know he isn't the original. Only after accepting the job does he realize the person is John Joseph Bonforte, a politician, famous (and infamous) politician who is the antitheses of every vague political opinion the generally species-bigoted Smythe holds. But he's accepted the job, and to hide his Bonforte's kidnapping from the public. To pull the deception off, public, Smythe must learn to completely become another person in looks, thoughts thoughts, and actions and actions--and to put aside his own.

Although Smythe is reluctant at first, he soon becomes interested in the political opinions he's now forced to advocate, and starts to make an honest effort to get along with the aliens and the political supporters he always tried to avoid in the past. And when he has to make an appearance at the court of Bonforte's long-time friend, Galactic Emperor Willem of the Netherlands, he finds himself enjoying his new role and the friendships it brings more than he'd imagined.
imagined...



* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler:By the end of the novel, Smythe no longer exists. He ''is'' Bonforte.]]

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* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler:By the end of the novel, Smythe "Smythe" no longer exists. He ''is'' Bonforte.]]



* LostInCharacter: Smythe is hired to impersonate a kidnapped politician. He becomes so immersed in being this man that [[spoiler: after the original is killed, he takes over and actually becomes him. By the end of the book, he's happily abandoned his old life. What's more, his secretary has convinced herself that she never loved anyone but Smythe, and Smythe doesn't really mind the fact that she's obviously lying to herself]].
* MethodActing: Smythe used this to get into his characters, and even used the psychotic aspect of one character as a crutch when he had to chop up a body.

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* LostInCharacter: Smythe is hired to impersonate a kidnapped politician. He becomes so immersed in being this man that [[spoiler: after the original is killed, he takes over and actually becomes him. By the end of the book, he's happily abandoned his old life. What's more, his secretary has convinced herself that she never loved anyone but Smythe, and Smythe doesn't really mind the fact that she's obviously lying to herself]].
herself by forgetting the original man.]]
* MethodActing: Smythe used uses some amount of this to get into his characters, and even used the psychotic aspect of one character as a crutch when he had to [[spoiler: chop up a body.]]



* SpottingTheThread: Smythe spends weeks studying Bonforte's files on everyone around him to make the masquerade work. He notices that the file on the emperor is nearly empty, and assumes that they don't have much contact... until he meets the emperor, and gets found out, because the point of the files is to help Bonforte remember things about people ''less'' politically important than he is. He's caught when he dutifully plays with the emperor's toy trains instead of teasing him about them.

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* SpottingTheThread: Smythe spends weeks studying Bonforte's files on everyone around him to make the masquerade work. He notices that the file on the emperor is nearly empty, and assumes that they don't have much contact... [[spoiler: until he meets the emperor, and gets found out, because the point of the files is to help Bonforte remember things about people ''less'' politically important than he is. He's caught when he dutifully plays with the emperor's toy trains instead of teasing him about them.]]
--> [[spoiler: It was not until later that I realized that the file had not been defective, in view of the theory on which it was based, i.e. it was intended to let a famous man remember details about the less famous. But that was precisely what the Emperor was not--''less'' famous, I mean.]]
25th Jan '13 11:25:35 PM adbrown
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Martians have a highly complex system of politeness. The main problem of the book is that a politician may be late to a ceremony that inducts him into a Martian clan. There is a legend on Mars about a young Martian who was late to something important, and the consequence of this is ''death''. Due to no fault of his own, he was late, but it was proposed (by some of the Martian radicals) that he be given a second chance, on account of youth and having an extremely distinguished record. He would have none of it. So he insisted on the right to prosecute the case against him against himself, won the case, and was consequently executed. Which is why he is now held in reverence as the ''patron saint of propriety'' on Mars.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Martians have a highly complex system of politeness. The main problem of the book is that a politician may be late to a ceremony that inducts him into a Martian clan. There is a legend on Mars about a young Martian who was late to something important, important (equal to being inducted to a clan), and the consequence of this is ''death''. Due to no fault of his own, he was late, but it was proposed (by some of the Martian radicals) that he be given a second chance, on account of youth and having an extremely distinguished record. He would have none of it. So he insisted on the right to prosecute the case against him against himself, won the case, and was consequently executed. Which is why he is now held in reverence as the ''patron saint of propriety'' on Mars.
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