In the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, there is a quote that states “He was tall, about fifty, with darkly handsome, almost sinister features: a neatly trimmed mustache, hair turning silver at the temples, and eyes so black they were like the tinted windows of a sleek limousine – he could see out, but you couldn’t see in.”
This quote is a good set-up for the rest of the novel, because it gives the reader a brief glimpse of the type of person Jim Williams, the protagonist of the novel, is about.
- Sinister – implies that Williams may not have the most pure or innocent intentions
- Neatly trimmed mustache – he is a cultured man (similar to that of of a Southern gentleman) suggesting he is not only evil but intelligent
- Limousine analogy – he leads a private life, but he is observant of those around him
All these traits suggest that Jim Williams is a power hungry man. This side of him is shown in the novel as it progresses. In the quiet, secluded town of Savannah, Georgia, the wealthy and ostentatious generally keep to themselves. However, Williams throws the most desired and massive party once every year, and this attracts people from the town left and right. People fight for an invite, and it gives Williams great pleasure knowing that he has the power to control who is able to go to his party. He can choose to kick someone off the list at a moment’s notice, and he enjoys this power.