Objects & Places from Butcher's Crossing

John Williams
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This object symbolizes the civilized world, in Andrews's eyes. This object is depicted as an object from which Andrews sometimes flees in order to seek out the quiet and beauty he believes are only offered by the natural world.


This object is used by Andrews to secure help in his quest to join a buffalo hunting expedition. Andrews shows this object to McDonald during the first few minutes of their first meeting and its contents cause McDonald to feel beholden to the creator of this object.

Harvard College

This object symbolizes the pursuit of higher education. Andrews cuts off all ties with this object in order to go west in search of the wilderness he has by this time romanticized so completely in his own mind.


This object symbolizes civilization and community. As the hunting party leaves for the expedition, Andrews turns his body away...

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