Sir Richard Carlisle
"But don't ever cross me. Do you understand? Never." –Sir Richard
A rich, powerful and ruthless newspaper tycoon, Richard Carlisle belongs to the new society that was expanding at the end of the nineteenth century. He is in the enviable position of courting Mary, who represents a world of which he feels entitled to be a part. While he is happy to let Mary think she can control him, she is quite mistaken. Adopting the accoutrements of the aristocracy, he nevertheless will not hesitate to reject its more honorable principles and wield his crushing power if needed.