Mr. Binford

Display Name: 
Mr. Binford
Sort Name: 
Binford, Mr.
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Lower Class
Rank: 
Minor
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Criminal
Specific Job: 
Landlord, Pimp
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Biography: 

According to Lucius, Mr. Binford's "official" title is "landlord" (113). The "harder and more contemptuous name" he would be called by most others is "pimp," though Lucius doesn't specifically say so. He is a little man, but there is something menancing about him; the first thing you notice about him, Lucius says, is "his eyes . . . because the first thing you found out was that he was already looking at you" (106). He dresses like a gentleman, but calls the prostitutes who work for him and Reba "bitches" while claiming to teach them "to act like ladies" (110). Lucius calls him "the prince and paragon" among "landlords," and lists as his virtues his incorruptibility and fidelity to Reba, as his "sole and only vice" compulsively betting on horse races with Reba's money (114). Readers of the earlier novel Sanctuary were introduced to him, posthumously, through Reba's grief and nostalgia. In this novel she asks herself, "Why the hell cant I do without him?" (113).

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