The confidence theme in Redburn, Moby-Dick, Pierre and The Confidence Man
Shorting, Graham A.
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This paper grew out of my fascination with the multi-disguised tricksters of Melville's The Confidence Man. In the novel a Mississippi riverboat is the setting for a series of episodes in which various travellers are cheated by a number of men who hide their evil nature behind a mask of benevolence and honesty.