One of E. M. Forster's ambitions in life was "to love a strong young man of the lower classes and be loved by him and even hurt hy him." While I cannot recommend the final clause, Forster did unlike many of us achieve his ambition - twice even. First there was the Egyptian tram-car conductor Mohammed el Adl:
and then along came Constable Buckingham, a virile handsome London policeman, just what he wanted. Forster was happy for fifty years:
So in this series you are invited simply to rate all the characters on a scale from nought to five. Go ahead!
I suspect that I am of the other persuasion, so to speak, Gerard, so my preferences are unlikely to be yours. In terms of rating all the characters involved, what I imagine you expect is some form of fanciability index (0-5), based upon the photographs you have provided.
Edward (EM) Forster is probably best remembered today for his epigraph to his 1910 novel Howards End: ", "Only connect ...", so on that basis, I am more than happy to give all three characters five out of five, regardless of sex, race, age or class!
I note that you, Gerard, have rated Mohammed el Adl most highly (3), followed by Constable Buckingham (1) and finally Edward (EM) Forster lowest (0). The latter probably had by far the highest intellect, but it is an interesting point: is intellect itself a turn-on or a turn-off in these circumstances?
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what I imagine you expect is some form of fanciability index (0-5) . . . is intellect itself a turn-on or a turn-off in these circumstances?
Honourable members must feel free to apply any criteria that suit (which is what in fact kleines c has done).
Without being patronising I can imagine two or three possible motivations for Mohammed el Adl, but were I a novelist I could never see myself in Constable "Bob's" boots. His clockwork remains alien. What on earth made him tick? How did Forster wind him up? It may indeed have been what you say (intellect).