What is the business creed of the Newman family of Genoa City?
In my house growing up the rule was as follows, as laid down by my mom: “Never disrespect the name ‘Victor Newman'”.
In episode 182 of season 48, the beauty of the hearsh truth of Victor, played with pure brilliance by German/Californian actor Eric Braeden, the middle section of which I transcribed below. The scene between Victor and Victoria shinesas one of the best of the season ︎.
Where does the Machiavelli statement about “dealing out severities all at once” versus “giving out benefits slowly” apply to this episode?
I included the idea because Devon, upon being betrayed by two people, both of whom he gave out benefits slowly, dealt his reaction with a sudden harshness. Many would say, “How very un-Devon! He should be quick to forgive, he has made mistakes himself.”
This “nice-guy” Devon was being kinder by dealing his responses swiftly, harshly and directly. The alternative is the Billy Abbott personality flaw: instead of confronting the person or people with whom he wants to settle an issue or right a wrong, he sneaks around, takes his time, uses secret surveillance, lowering himself beneath the person he even went after, as Adam is more sympathetic at this point than Billy.
Devon is a true adult. he was not going to sneak around and sabatoge with Dr. Nate Hastings or live-in partner Dr. Elena Dawson slowly, drawing out pain for a woman he loved with all his heart, a cousin he trusted with all his mind, and a free-clinic completed with the two that helped the most in need of that health care, feeding Devon’s spirit.