Much of the novel is devoted to an artistic and psychological study of this character. He is the central figure and plays both the role of sacrificial lamb and hot-blooded murderer.
This character is a man afraid of his own demons and afraid of taking the emotional risks necessary to live a full life. He spends as much time as possible at the planing mill where he works, hoping to avoid trouble.
Joe Brown, A.K.A. Lucas Burch
This character is known around Jefferson as a loud-mouthed, gambling man of weak moral character. He lives moment to moment, and thinks nothing of blowing his weekly earnings on a card game.
Reverend Gail Hightower
This character is one of the many social outcasts who populate the judgmental town of Jefferson, Mississippi. This character was raised by parents whom he thinks of as ghosts as...
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