Remember that Charlie is, at heart, a mercenary. He wants to destroy GK, destroy/capture the decrypted Archons, and get Parson and the bracer. And he would like to be paid to do so.
His rules of not giving out information without compensation is deeply ingrained into him and his Archons. He so desperately wants to help but does not want to get a reputation of doing anything for free or else folks will expect that from him in the future.
You can see he is bending over backwards trying to give Jetstone in-store credit for his just announced Decrypted Archon bounty. This not only allows him to appear to enable Jetstone to 'pay' for his services/information but also allows him to manipulate Tramennis into doing Charlie's work for him. Tramennis is having none of that though. Charlie's mistake is treating him like a warlord or royalty. Tramennis may be both of those things but he is a diplomat first. I think Charlie realizes that as he finally breaks his rules and give 'free' information about Parson (odds are he will use Jetstone's 5000 schmucker credit as a retroactive fee if they survive, I'm sure).
I've been chastised before about pigeon-holing Charlie as being only about the schmuckers, but given his past (and current) deeds, that is how he has been portrayed. When dealing with Charlie, its all about the benjamins, er. schmuckers ; namely how much can you give him for as little effort on his part as possible.
It is perfectly understandable why he is that way. Given that he only has one capitol and an army of versatile but expensive units, his only source of income is mercenary work. In order to maintain steady work he has to be reliable, consistent, and never get a reputation as being charitable. I would imagine that if he can eavesdrop on Thinkagrams that would help him gather all sorts of information so he would know just where to offer his services and for how much. I am fairly certain that Parson suspects that Arkendish ability given the ease with with Charlie hacked the EyeBooks.
Re: Jillian. She was a necessary business expense for Charlie but now that she has deviated from his initial plan you can see how his attitude has changed. 'Your highness' has been replaced with thinly veiled contempt. I'm sure that if Charlie saw her as a viable source of future income he would be a little nicer, but apparently he's saving all of his sugar coating for Tramennis - not that its helping much there.
I believe a good indicator of how desperate Charlie is becoming is how much help he is giving away with as little regard of who knows he is doing it for free.
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