One of the greatest joys of writing Robin was finding Simon's character. I was tired of reading "girly-men" heroes (to quote my governor). I wanted a supremely arrogant man; a man who takes his superiority for granted.
Simon emerged as a sort of Henry Higgins on testostorone. He truly believes women are the weaker, inferior sex. As I wrote dialog I remembered the Henry's lyrics from My Fair Lady:
"Why can't a woman be more like a man? Men are so honest, so thoroughly square.
Eternally noble; historically fair"
"Their heads are full cotton, hay and rags"
So we have this guy with a very established world view of meek women who now encounters a brave, strong woman-in-charge: Robin. At first he totally dismisses rumors of the intrepid Princess Robin. No woman could possibly exist! Upon meeting her, she presents a puzzle, a mystery and ultimately a challenge. Oh, yes, in Robin, Simon has met his match!
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