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Harte makes good use of dialogue to emphasize the crude rough and uneducated characteristics of the men of Sandy Bar particularly Tennessees partner However the dialogue alone is not the only portrayal of their crudeness At the beginning of the story Harte tells of the townspeoples crude manner of giving newcomers new names--those names often being offensive to the newcomers Harte tells us that Tennessee is known to the townspeople to be an obsessive gambler a fact the reader knows to be true by Tennessees excessive use of gambling terms and situations in his everyday speech and a thief Tennessee also runs off with his partners wife Later in the story Tennessees partners lack of education and common sense is reflected in his inability to comprehend the judges refusal of his bribe However despite these crude qualities the townspeople of Sandy Bar including Tennessees partner had several finer qualities Most of the finer qualities are revealed towards the end of the story however one of Tennessees partners finer qualities is revealed throughout the entire story his complete devotion and loyalty to Tennessee His loyalty is most evident when he welcomes Tennessee back with open arms after Tennessee had run off with his wife and when he attempts to save Tennessee from the noose by attempting to bribe the judge At the end of the story Tennessees partner is portrayed as a loyal friend whose self-reliance causes him to refuse any help in removing and burying the body of his partner Harte also portrays the townspeople as being quite sympathetic and kind as they accompany Tennessees partner to the burial site Harte also tells of their attempts at kindness in the time following Tennessees death and burial I believe these qualities surfaced due to Hartes apparent love for the West His story reflects his views that although the men of western towns were often crude and uneducated most of them were capable of loyalty and kindness
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