Malevolent, Me?

You may think me obsequious,
creepy and cadaverous,
a hand-wringing usurer
and sly blackmailer,
but I did it all for love.

I cannot help the alabaster
hands that manipulate my master,
the delicate brows and lashes
framing blood red eyes.
I know I am despised.

My name may sound infectious,
possibly pernicious,
but it’s an honest moniker
from a devoted mother
and we are very ‘umble.

I desired recognition
for my complete devotion
to my ailing employer
and his beautiful daughter:
a bit of gratitude.

I heaved myself with humility
up the ladder of mobility
when all I really needed was a friend.
It was other people’s friendship
that ruined me in the end.

Kim M. Russell, 2017

Uriah Heep

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My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads The Villain Speaks

For today’s prompt Rommy has asked us to give a voice to a fictional villain. She wants to know what makes them so villainous: do they feel justified in their villainy or is there part of the story we may not have been told?

I chose Uriah Heep from ‘David Copperfield’ by Charles Dickens.

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30 thoughts on “Malevolent, Me?

  1. Uriah Heep! I knew exactly who the character was, before I read your notes. This is spot on, with just the right measure of ‘feeling sorry’ for himself.

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  2. “but I did it all for love” — Oh sure. But, …
    “I heaved myself with humility
    up the ladder of mobility
    when all I really needed was a friend”
    I like Dickens, this was a nice ‘explanation’. Thank you, Kim
    ..

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    1. Yes, physically I can see Renfield, but he was manipulated by Dracula whereas Uriah Heep is the manipulator. I feel sorry for Renfield but am glad when Uriah Heep is caught out!

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      1. Yes, yes. I get that completely. I think I visualized Renfield from the show Penny Dreadful, actually, in my more recent memory than reading either Dracula or David Copperfield. 🙂

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    1. It was David Copperfield’s friendship with Mr Micawber that brought about Uriah Heep’s downfall – if it wasn’t for that he might have got away with it.

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