One of the ways Eckert conveys character is through each individual's typical speech. The antagonist, George Burton uses many more colloquialisms and speaks in a much less educated manner than William MacDonald. The result is that Burton sounds ignorant and crude, while MacDonald sounds hardworking but kind. For example, a quotation in Chapter 4 on page 70 reads ""Ain't lost the ol' touch a'tall,' Burton said and then, turning, 'C'mon horse. You'n me's gonna go visitin'."