CHARACTER AND CHARACTERISATION
Simon is a soldier of the Palace Guard. He is apparently in love with Grusha Vashnadze, he becomes engaged to Grusha but instead Grusha gets married to Jussup . He is loyal to Governor Georgi Abashwili.
Simon remains loyal even when the Ironshirts stage a coup against the Grand Duke and his Governors. He promises Grusha that, after he is done with his duty of securing the Missus, he would come back for her (pg23). He fights for his country even though he could have gone safely to the Northern Mountains with Grusha. He only comes back when the war is over (pg60).
As a soldier Simon displays his thirst for blood, instead of running away with a girl he loves, he lives her a promise and goes on to war. He braves the winter and makes sure that he survives to come back to his beloved (pg61).
He makes sure that he remains alive by fighting tactically. He is not too ambitious to fight at the front neither is he timid to remain behind. He however, plays it calm to stay alive.
He wisely engages Azdak into a game of wits using proverbs. Though Azdak is equal to the task, Simon hits below the belt earning him a contempt of court charge (pg94).
He shows his liking to the kitchen maid. He goes further and proposes to her. Moreover, he strives to live to his promise and sure enough goes out in search for her until he finds her. Meanwhile, despite the fact that she betrayed him, he finds reason to forgive her and stand by her during the trial in Nuka.