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    unpakwon is offline Senior Member
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    Please set me clear on the following in red.

    Steve's "regular guy" persona itself could be seen as a business tactic. The uniformed and charismatic Steve Jobs, says Sasha Strauss, "is a character. That is a profile that has been created by him or his advisors." However, people who knew him say Steve's genius, as a businessman, inventor and friend, was not manufactured. They say he was a kind person... It may be difficult to comprehend that a person, for any reason, would wear that same outfit in every public appearance unless he were somehow in character. In fact, there were a lot of things about Steve that are hard to believe.

    I think the first "character" refers to the made-up or manufactured character as in a movie or a drama. I want to make sure this is correct. And what does the second "in character" mean in the context?

    Thank you.

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    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    I think that you are correct about the first "character."

    So I think that "in character" refers to Mr. Jobs maintaining the "myth" or "expected role" of the first "character."

    In other words, "in character" = living up to what we expect of him (in this case, his choice of clothing).

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    I am an old man. When I was young, nurses looked like nurses. They wore white uniforms. Today in the the United

    States, many (almost all?) nurses do not dress in character. They wear (almost) anything they want. When I was

    young, nuns looked like nuns (black habits). Doctors looked like doctors (white laboratory coats). Teachers looked

    like teachers (suits and neckties, if you please). Ah! the good old days!
    Last edited by TheParser; 12-May-2012 at 14:05. Reason: misspelling; plural nouns

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    Default Re: character

    I like your explanation very much.

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