One of Hadleyburg’s Nineteeners. When Reverend Burgess calls Billson’s name during the town hall meeting, Wilson mishears him, so he also stands up to accept the sack of gold. Confusion ensues as Wilson and Billson fall into an argument, both accusing the other of having stolen the correct answer. Wilson eventually delivers a convincing diatribe about how Billson must have snuck into his office and stolen the note, and because Wilson is a lawyer, everybody believes him. Nonetheless, Reverend Burgess reminds the audience that he has to read all of the submitted entries before awarding Wilson with the sack of gold, and so the town soon learns that sixteen other men have written down the same phrase as both Wilson and Billson, making it obvious that Wilson—like the other Nineteeners—is lying in order to win money he doesn’t deserve.
Lawyer Wilson Character Timeline in The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
The timeline below shows where the character Lawyer Wilson appears in The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...mayhem, the local tanner—who holds a grudge against the elite Nineteeners—points out that Billson’s and Wilson’s submissions aren’t exactly the same, since Billson’s note contains the word “very,” whereas Wilson’s does... (full context)
...phrase, the stranger reveals in this note, begins in the same way that Billson’s and Wilson’s submissions begin. However, it doesn’t stop there. Instead, the remark goes on to say: “…Go,... (full context)