CHARACTER FILE – Emma Drake
MUNICH CAST LIST
American radio correspondent = Bradley C Wilkes of NABC (North American Broadcasting Company)
His granddaughter – Emma Drake
Her Minder – Gerald Erle Roper
Her mother – Agnes Drake
Her professor – Chadwick
Washington Man – Lance Scranton
Scholarship – she’s a Montagu-Pinckney Scholar
American Matriarch – The Wilkes Dynasty with father Wilber and sons Wendell and Cyrus
The chameleon: prickly, sometimes a show-off, frequently remote, her real self buried deep, can be persuasive and charming but always fiercely competitive.
This is EMMA DRAKE, 27, an academic with a difference. Feisty, thirsting for thrills and ambitious for success, she’s quick, intelligent, energetic and a problem-solver with fast memory retrieval.
Has a flat in Grafton Street Cambridge but often commutes 30 miles by car to childhood home to see her mother at 24 Orchard Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Appearance: snub nose, slim, tall, blonde, looks good even in charity shop gear.
Role: Completed Phd, now a junior research fellow at St James’s College, Cambridge (just off Trumpington Street) on a scholarship earning 27-35gs a year, researching medieval France. Highly motivated until hits professional setback. Temporary disaffection until gets the new big job.
She’s an enigma, a complete puzzle to the man assigned to support and protect her.
Secret shame, childhood war against brother. Set fire to his car, causing a crash. Complete change to guilt, compensation, friendship. Illegitimate child adopted at birth.
Relationships: with mother, combative within limits; with professor caution; with guardian intolerance gradually changing to acceptance.
Favourite dish, apple crumble, traced from teenage scrumping.
Drinks pints of bitter or whisky and soda, no ice. “Ice is a cheat, it just melts, dilutes the drink and you get less.”
Coffee – black no sugar, insists on a filter, pref. Dow-Egberts, detests instant.
Bad habit: pawing birthmark on neck.
Favourite sound: has an ear for a well-tuned engine, can tell from the tickover if it’s a goer. Been around cars and motorbikes all her life, loves speed, smell of exhaust, leathers and paint. Brother rescues Porsche from scrapheap and rebuilds it for her.
Sporty; shooting, badminton, plays the drums in a rock band.
Item in back pocket: knuckleduster.
LIST OF HER DELEGATES TO THE MUNICH RE-ASSESSMENT CONFERENCE
United States…….Cyrus Wilkes
Czech R………….Vincenc Tibor