Franklin is an inventor, statesman, politician, ambassador, writer, scientist, and many other things. He is a man fascinated with ideas, who sees many possibilities in each situation he encounters. Franklin reads the Declaration and comes up with improved wording on key passages, knowing what’s written will provoke ire in their Southern friends. He is good at bypassing convention and barriers to motivate others to work together, toward a common goal, and is excellent at coming up with alternatives for people (new wording for Jefferson, more tact for Adams, and the simple solution of not disobeying one’s conscience by not attending Congress for a fellow statesman). Though he is confident and always eager to experience life, Franklin also accumulates knowledge that allows him to ground his ideas in proven principles. He somewhat trusts “shared experiences” and enjoys participating in the traditions and behaviors of France, both for his own amusement and his appreciation for their cultural experiences. He is quick witted, able to coin a phrase or insult someone with a smile. Franklin notices the inconsistencies and absurdities of logic in the world around him and frequently exploits them for the amusement of himself and others. Franklin analyzes things silently and then approaches the situation with tact, but his opinions still have a solid basis in logic. He is a man of few, but often amusing, words. His warm, outgoing nature and ability to put others at ease make him tremendously popular not only in Congress but among the French. He dilutes all his strong opinions in a veil of tact, which allows him to instruct others without offending them. Franklin condemns Adams for being insulting and thinks he is too high-handed at times. He goes out of his way to look out for the feelings of others, both out of kindness and in knowing it will help him accomplish things.

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Franklin is good-natured, charming, and has a witty insult or comeback for everything, but prefers to use charm and appeal to others by inviting them to participate rather than alienating them. Unlike Adams, he isn’t straightforward or aggressive—he says that Adams may make more enemies than friends by being so direct, and that things take ‘time’ and that you should acclimate first. He tries to find common ground between Adams and Jefferson over how to word the Constitution in such a way that it will offend no one, and reminds Adams that insulting people is not the way to win them over to your side. He goes about it in more of a playful manner, but is still somewhat amoral and amenable to his surroundings; in France, he does ‘as the French do’ (he adopts a courtesan as a companion, much to the disapproval of Mrs. Adams) and doesn’t want to rush anyone into anything. He does have his principles, and never shows his temper; he believes in reaching compromises everyone can live with, per his 1 wing desire not to force anyone to violate their principles (he suggests that the gentleman from Pennsylvania absent himself from the next day’s vote, if he cannot go against his principles, in order that they might get something done).