Man of suffering:
Suffered greatly as predicted by the fortune teller
The composer sees his suffering as some sort of rite of passage in which he was ennobled. (see above)

“People argue about whether suffering ennobles”. There is another and different thought, which is that suffering makes one wise”…”Some kinds of wisdom, however – the kinds that show themselves not only in thoughts, but in the integrity of an authoritatively lived life – are given only to those who have suffered deep and long.” His affliction gave authority to much of what my father said, gave power to his language, rich in peasant imagery, and spared his harsh moral judgment from any tinge of moralism…” pg 172

Acts on principles
Man who sought to follow principles; “fierce moralist”…”about simple moral requirements such as honest and concern for one’s neighbour” pg 172
- valued conversation;

- language used presents as playful akin to a cheeky schoolboy, not intentionally hurtful; “The ingenuity that had fuelled his paranoia also informed his wit, which was often mischievous and nourished by natural imagery” -p173
- integrated somewhat into the community

- seemingly self-sacrificing or at least highly dutiful to his family:
“My father would walk up to eighty kilometers for a litre of milk”…”he fainted from hunger on more than one occasion” - p9

Has an unswerving commitment to truth
(speaking to Raimond) “…you must not lie. That is worse than any damage you might do. Even if you burn the house down, you must tell me the truth. If you do there will be no future trouble.’ “ –p50
A weakness however, may be his tendency to believe that others hold the same principles as himself. For Romulus, these principles cannot and should not be broken

- offers to help Mitru, the man living with his wife and does not retaliate after being hit by him (pg 87)

“…he told me that there are few things more...