Sam is Charles’s manservant. He’s a London Cockney, but he has dreams of moving up the social ladder by opening a haberdashery. Although he’s not portrayed as a fundamentally bad person, Sam willingly takes opportunities for personal advancement, even at the cost of others’ happiness. He doesn’t hesitate to blackmail Charles into giving him the money he needs to start his shop, and he sabotages Charles’s relationship with Sarah so that Charles will marry Ernestina, thus guaranteeing that Charles will have enough money to fund the haberdashery. Eventually, when Sam becomes successful in Mr. Freeman’s store, he feels guilty enough about how he gained his good fortune that he sends Sarah’s address to Charles. Overall, Sam acts as a figure disadvantaged by the British class system and often belittled by the wealthy Charles. His example shows how difficult it is for working-class Englishmen to better their situations by honest means.
The timeline below shows where the character Sam Farrow appears in The French Lieutenant’s Woman. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...where Charles was, but Mary didn’t know, and she interrogated her about her interaction with Sam. Sam acted very differently than he had that morning with Charles. After handing over the... (full context)
...saw Mary talking to a man that morning. Charles points out that it was probably Sam. Ernestina suggests that the two servants shouldn’t be speaking, though Charles and Mrs. Tranter object... (full context)
...In existentialist terms, he’s feeling “the anxiety of freedom”—understanding that being free is terrifying. When Sam asks if they’re staying the night in Exeter, Charles says it’s going to rain, so... (full context)