The Master of Ballantrae Characters

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While there are several striking portraits of secondary persons such as old Lord Durrisdeer, Alison Graeme, and the somewhat boastful Colonel Francis Burke, the central emphasis is on the brothers Durie. Because the story is told from Henry's standpoint, the reader's sympathy is probably going to attach to this unhappy man; however, the sheer bravado and energy of James is bound to appeal to many, as it does, grudgingly, to the old family benefactor, Ephraim Mackellar.

Owing to the old Lord's desire to avoid losing his estate in "the troubles," and to the result of the coin toss, James is the brother who has the choice of actions: Stay and tend to the estate or go off with the Jacobites to fight for the Stuart cause. James chooses to leave, while Henry remains to take on the family responsibility. The animosity between the brothers (mostly on James's side) is...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
The Master of Ballantrae from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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