Metaxas is the Prime Minister of Greece at the start of the novel; he dies of a chronic illness in January of 1941. He's a small and regretful man who feels trapped by his choice to lead Greece. He spends most of his time worrying about Mussolini and his daughter, Lulu, who contradicts him publically and is uncontrollable. When Grazzi delivers Mussolini's ultimatum to Metaxas, Metaxas very calmly refuses to give in. Grazzi declares that this is Metaxas's finest moment, and insists that Metaxas is the most honest leader he's ever met. After the start of the war with Italy, Metaxas's choice to refuse the Italian occupation earns him the love and respect of Greeks who never before thought they'd support him--Dr. Iannis even puts a picture of Metaxas on his wall, despite believing his past policies to be silly.
Prime Minister Metaxas Character Timeline in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
The timeline below shows where the character Prime Minister Metaxas appears in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2. The Duce
Chapter 5. The Man who Said 'No'
Chapter 14. Grazzi
Chapter 16. Letters to Mandras at the Front
...continues that Dr. Iannis, Stamatis, and Kokolios have banded together to praise the military and Metaxas despite their differing political views. Italian residents have been beaten. She says she's decided to... (full context)