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Energy in the Executive is a leading character in the definition of good government.
Melville, on the other hand, was of distinctly patrician birth, his paternal and maternal grandfathers having been leading characters in the Revolutionary War; their descendants still maintaining a dignified social position.
The main difficulty in writing a story is to convey to the reader clearly yet tersely the natures and dispositions of one's leading characters.
I do not suppose that, when a drunkard reasons with himself upon his vice, he is once out of five hundred times affected by the dangers that he runs through his brutish, physical insensibility; neither had I, long as I had considered my position, made enough allowance for the complete moral insensibility and insensate readiness to evil, which were the leading characters of Edward Hyde.
A leading character in the Yes camp bears a resemblance to Edgbaston MP and mayoral hopeful Gisela Stuart, while a character in a yellow tie on the No side looks like Yardley MP John Hemming.
Of course, in 1970 no musical would feature an openly gay leading character.
Instead, the leading character in the US version of The Office will be Michael Scott.
Mills created movements that voice the inarticulate--despair, grief, madness--to bring depth to each leading character.
Evremondes, the family of Charles Darnay, a leading character.