Some fantasy and science fiction novels have characters who do not like personal pronouns; they use constructions like "This one is eager to attend" rather than "I am eager to attend". What person is that considered? Is it still first, or does that make it third?

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    I always found that construction awkward; it seems like someone who learned English as a second language and still has some vestigial solecisms. That, or if used by a native speaker, extremely, cartoonishly affected. And it would be "talking about oneself in the third person". – Dan Bron Oct 18 '17 at 12:17
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    Third person. Remember "referring to oneself in the third person" ? – moonstar Oct 18 '17 at 12:17
  • One has to be royalty to get away with one. – Nigel J Oct 18 '17 at 13:52
  • @DanBron Yeah, often that's the point: to show that it's an alien mindset or a translation problem or what not. – Yamikuronue Oct 19 '17 at 13:17

This may be called Illeism Wikipedia which is a device that refers to a first person as a third person. Julius Caesar is well known to have used this device in his writing on the Gallic Wars, and Shakespeare continued to do so in his play Julius Caesar Quora.

In English, such reference will be grammatically in the third person.

This device is used more than some of us might imagine. For example:

Bill does not care to wash windows.

When asked to wash windows he might say:

Bill doesn't do windows.

It can be a useful device, if used sparingly.

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