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1. What is their motive?To maintain the estate exactly as it has been passed down to him. In his mind, this means that he must provide the best of everything for his family and honored guests; he must be aristocratic but congenial to other noblemen; he must keep a clear line between upper and lower classes.
2. What do they want, and what are they prepared to do to get it?He wants to make sure that the classes are separated. He is prepared to beat, starve, shout at, exile, and even kill members of the lower class to achieve this. He wants instant obedience. He wants excellence of service. He was complete servility and humility in their behavior to him.
As an extra note, he does not consider himself as cruel in general. He simply does not think of the lower class as humans on the same level as himself...or even as his dogs.
3. How do they deal with conflict?He rages.
If the conflict comes from the lower class, he likes instant punishment or death for the impudent one.
His own children are never in conflict with him as he acquiesces to their every demand.
A conflict with an equal or superior turns him white with rage and he quits the scene as soon as possible.
If the king were to be in conflict with him, he might be fearful, thinking that the king would treat him as Lord Ives treats his inferiors.