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In the story we have been studying, 'Tony Kytes the arch deceiver' and
seeing a beuty queen home' we have found out that Tony Kytes is
looking to marry, however Rudy is only looking for some female
attention, we know this because a quote from the story says, "â€¦it was
soon said that they were engaged to be married."
We know that Rudy just wants some female attention because he says,
"we'd dance the ugliest girl in town as long as she could dance",
which means that he just wants the women for this particular night.
Tony Kytes does not really respect women, we know this because at the
end of the story he asks each women in turn if they will marry him.
Milly who was last choice accepts him, "well, will you unity deer,
will you be mine".
But Unity does not want to be second choice after Hannah. We know this
because she says, "take her leavings,not I!"
We know that Rudy also does not have much respect for women when he
has to decide weather to spend money on her, he says, "but being a
beauty queen, I thought she was worth spending two pence on."
From this we know that he does not have much respect for women, or the
beauty queen at least, because if he had respect he would not think
about the two pence, or about her in these terms.
Thomas Hardy was about was writing in the mid 19th century, he
describes lofe in that time, in a village in south west England we
know that at this time children did not listen to their fathers advise
we know this because Tony's father advises him to marry Milly so Tony
put Milly at the bottom of the list.
In both stories, the two main characters were attractive to women, we
know this because in the story Tony Kytes the arch deceiver it says,
"with a seam here and there left by the smallpox but not enough to
hurt his from this we know that he used to have smallpox and even
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woman's eye. In the other story, 'seeing a beauty queen home' we also
know that Rudy was attractive by women because the quote says,
"naturally the dames were allafter me", this tells us that Rudy
thinksthat he is attractive because women would not be after him if he
did not look good. Another quote tells us that he is attractive, "I'd
run my eye over them and the over my eye rested on would come running
this quote tells us that he is attractive because the ladies would not
come running to him if he wasn't attractive.
Tony Kytes acts innocently towards women without actually knowing what
he does, because his intentions are to give each one a lift but he
ended up flirting with them, I now this because he wanted to give
unity a lift and before he knew it Milly came so he panicked and told
her to go under the tavern and let Milly come on and the same thing
happened when Hannah came, and suddenly he found himself in a mess.
Rudy however knows exactly what he is doing and at the end he gets
kicked out because he is too smart. We know this because at theend
Maggie kicks him out because he is too smart, "you're too bloody
Both characteristics aren't arch deceivers. Although Rudy is the
closest to becoming an arch deceiver. Toney does not become an arch
deceiver because at the end he puts himself in a mess which is ironic
because the story title refers to him as an arch deceiver. Rudy gets
in to the "cotton town beauty queen's" house which makes him more of
an arch deceiver then Tony. Also earlier in the story, Rudy fools the
grandma by pretending he is a family friend 'Earny' and that's when
Maggie (the beauty queen) finds out that he is "too bloody smart".
Rudy & Tony both depend on an opinion. Tony Kytes gets his advise from
his father that he should marry Milly, "which one would you marry
father", his father says, "which ever did not ask to ride with thee"
then Tony answers, "that was Milly", after that Tony does not want to
marry Milly but he wants to marry Hannah but Milly ends up being his
Similarly Rudy only goes with Maggie because she was known as the
'beauty queen, we know this because his friend tells him that "it's
Maggie,' he said, 'the cotton town beauty queen."
Then later Rudy says "if Edie hadn't told me what she was I don't
suppose I'd given her a second thought". This quote clearly tells us
that he is going out with her purely because she is the beauty queen.
Tony kytes is not self confident because as I quoted earlier, he asks
his father which one to marry, then he chooses the opposite one to his
fathers choice. On the other hand Rudy only takes Maggie because she
is a beauty queen, which tells you how confident he is about his own
Tony might have succeeded because he married the women he intended in
the beginning, but then he wanted to marry Hannah, however because of
what happened Hannah refused to marry him. Then he wanted unity sallet
but sh did not want to be second choice. So he ended up getting
married to milly who he was engaged to anyway.
Rudy did not succeed because he ended up being kicked out and wasting
his money on her.
Tony Kytes fails to get Hannah as a wife because of what he had done,
"be willing Hannah?" but Hannah shouted "I do refuse him!" then he
asks Unity but she also refuses him, "take the leavings? not I!", from
this we know that she does not want to be second choice. Rudy also
fails to get what he wants, simply because he is too smart, Maggie
fears that she might be fooled by him too so she does not want him in
I think Rudy uses more women because he said he used to run his eye
over them, "I'd run my eye over them, and the one my eye rested on
would come running". This quote tells us that when ever he used to
rest his eye on one she would come running, which means every time he
goes he gets a women. Tony how ever only had one wife to get married
to and that's all.
I think that the story shows that Maggie is a more assertive and
independent minded women because she knows that Rudy is too smart, and
she was right because Rudy didn't love her anyway, it was just because
of her title. In 'Tony Kytes The Arch Deceiver' unity is the most
independent minded women because she does not want to be second
choice, because she knows that as long as they live Tony would have
still preferred Hannah then her. Milly is probably the least
independent women because she is still happy being Tony's wife even
though she is third choice.