Abdullah’s career was different from Feisal’s. Both in character and in outlook, they were poles apart. Abdullah was described as “a much stronger man than Feisal, a man who knows his own mind, and would not be led astray by every suggestion or any extremist.” 1 Lawrence gave a vivid description of him:

In manner, affectedly open and very charming, not standing at all on ceremony…On serious occasions, he judges his words carefully, and shows himself a keen dialectician…The Arabs consider him a most astute politician, and a far-seeing statesman: but he has possibly more of the former than of the latter. 2