by Ayn Rand
Character Role Analysis
Francisco d'Anconia to Hank and Dagny
For the first two volumes, Francisco acts as a foil to both Hank and Dagny. He used to share Dagny's values, but now he appears to waste his natural talents and to live as a playboy. However, we later learn that this playboy persona was just a front and that Francisco is actually part of Galt's strike. Francisco has deliberately turned himself into a foil in order to guide potential strikers to Galt and help teach them some tough moral lessons.