Given his relationship with his wife, the Colonel appears dictatorial. On many occasions, he is unwilling to listen to his wife’s reasons. For example, after discovering the Marquise’s pregnancy, the Commandant’s wife was forced to write their daughter a letter that sent her out of the house. It is evidenced by the dampness of the letter caused by her mother’s tears. Furthermore, in one corner of the “written message,” half effaced stood the word ‘dictated.’ This further proves that the Commandant’s wife wrote the message against her will.
Additionally, during the tyrannical banishment of their daughter, his wife was vexed entirely at her husband’s violence. She even fainted after hearing the pistol shot in the Commandant’s bedroom and saw her daughter rushing out of it. He proved to be angered by his daughter’s situation so much that he merely apologized to his wife for causing her unnecessary alarm and threw the pistol down to a table.
The Commandant undermines his wife’s input in family matters. When it is proposed that the children’s custody be taken away from the Marquise, she touchingly implored her husband that they had no such right to do so, but he took no heed. Otherwise, he merely turned to his son, foaming with rage, and ordered him to go to his daughter and bring the children to him.
Colonel G—is also abusive to his wife. Anytime she tried to initiate a discussion with her husband about their daughter’s predicament, the Commandant would request her to be silent, which sounded more an order than a request. Also, once the Marquise published in the news-sheet that she sought the man who impregnated her, Colonel G—admitted to his wife that his daughter is innocent. He called her ‘ Silly woman’ when she struggled to comprehend whatever he just revealed to her.
The Commandant, as a father, portrays various facets. For example, at times, he can be responsible, and other times very ruthless and unforgiving. After the husband of the Marquise of O—lost his life in the course of a journey to Paris on family business, the Commandant willingly took her in, plus her two children. When the war began, he feared for daughter’s and wife’s life and asked them to retreat to the country of either the son or daughter. Although the Russian troops began to besiege the citadel before a decision could be reached, he proved responsible to his family.
Colonel G—is also portrayed as unforgiving when it comes to his daughter. When he learned of her situation, he wasted no time in throwing her out of the house back to her late husband’s country. In the written message written by the Marquise’s mother, the play states that he hopes God will spare him the unhappiness of ever seeing the Marquise again, which might as well be his very own words. Even though she was thrown out, he sent her the papers concerning her estate, which is somewhat a kind gesture giving her a headstart to a new life.
The Marquise’s father is, without a doubt, a little compassionate in the wind of his violence. When his daughter cried out imploringly, preventing him from shutting his bedroom door on her face, he suddenly desisted and gave her a listen with his back still turned to her. He, however, snatched a pistol from the wall and shot at the ceiling to get his daughter away from him. It was, by far, the most violent action done by him.
The role of the Commandant holds grudges against his daughter. After it was published in the news sheet that the man responsible for impregnating the Marquise would come forward at his house, the Marquise wrote to her father. She asked that the man be directed to her new residence. Colonel G—rips the letter apart, collects the shredded pieces, places them in the envelope, and instructs the messenger to send it back to her. In this scene, the role of the Commandant comes out as wholly heartless and uncaring towards his daughter. These traits are further accelerated by the fact that he removed the portrait of his daughter that was still hanging. He explained that he wished to completely expunge her from her memory and said he no longer had a daughter.
When it comes to Count F–, the Commandant’s attitude towards him shifted over time. When Colonel G—learned of how Count F—saved his daughter from the shameful assault of five riflemen, he was very grateful. So much so that he heeded to his daughter’s request to ask the Count F—not to leave the citadel before paying them a short call in the residential quarters. He even gave Count F—credit in front of the general in command of the Russian forces.
However, when Count F—returned from his presumed death and hastily asked for the Marquise’s hand in marriage, the Colonel was somewhat disconcerted. He was unwilling to let his daughter’s happiness be influenced by the gratitude she felt towards Count F–. He was, however, willing to let Count F—stay as a guest at his place after his return from Naples to allow the two to be acquainted with each other.
The Colonel was vexed when the Count decided to abandon his troop to stay and get acquainted with the Marquise. It was not spoken about until after the Count went to bed. During the whole discussion, the Commandant remained silent, which shows that he had deep respect and admiration for the Count and feared for his daughter’s happiness. When they proposed a way to get the Count to leave and give his daughter time to think, he was happy and even embraced him heartily.
The Commandant’s relationship with his son is relatively smooth. He depends on his son for help in making decisions and protecting the women in his family. The Marquise’s brother comes up with plans whenever his father is unable to, keeps guests entertained when the Colonel is not around, and caries out his father’s orders.
For example, when trying to get the Count to leave their residence, he came up with a plan after carefully listening to his sister’s point of view. He guaranteed to his family that he would get the Count out of the house on the strength of the noncommittal assurance from Marquise. And he did. He could do so when his father was too distraught and conflicted with participating in the discussion.
In addition to that, when the Count came back from Naples, the Commandant asked his son to keep him entertained until he got back. During this period, he informed the Count of the Marquise’s predicament. He even suggested that the Count must have taken a leave of his senses after still declaring intentions of marrying his sister. He shared the same distaste of the Count as the CommandantCommandant. Furthermore, he carried out his father’s orders to claim custody of the Marquise’s children.