Butcher's Crossing Character Descriptions

John Williams
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This character leaves Harvard after three years, inspired by his studies of writers such as Emerson and Thoreau. This character is deeply changed by the buffalo hunting expedition and realizes that many of his passions had been rooted only in shallow vanity.


This character is the leader of the hunting expedition for which the protagonist pays. This character is obsessive, violent, and uncaring. At the end of the novel, this character sets fire to another character's useless buffalo hides.


This character is a member of the hunting expedition. This character lost his hand many years ago due to frostbite he contracted during a blizzard. This character does all the cooking for the men during the expedition.


This character is an experienced skinner of buffalo, which is the reason he is chosen to come along on the expedition. This character finds fault with the expedition leader's...

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