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In Willa Cathers Death Comes for the Archbishop the contrasting personalities of Father Jean Marie Latour and Father Joseph complement each other and enable the men to accomplish certain tasks Differences in the characters personalities thereby drive the events of the novel Latour is described as a man of gentle birthbrave sensitive courteous 19 He has an unassuming personality that allows him to deal with people in a gentle yet firm fashion When speaking with Padre Martinez Latour politely deals with his blasphemies in a gentle yet firm manner When Martinez tells Latour of his disregard for celibacy in the priesthood Latour replies I shall reform these practices throughout my dioceseI hope it will be but a short time until there is not a priest left who does not keep all the vows he took when he bound himself to the service of the altar 146 Latour quietly rebuffs Martinez without getting angry or losing his temper That would have just infuriated Martinez and would have caused numerous problems for LatourIn contrast to Latour Vaillant is a very passionate man who is real persistent with the driving power of a dozen men in his poorly-built body 38 When Viallant knows what he wants he goes after it When he has his heart set on buying the mules Contento and Angelica he bargains with Manuelito Lujon until he has succeeded in buying them from him Although Lujon had loved his mules Vaillants passionate driving power makes him give them up without even a feeling of displeasure He Lujon felt he had been worried out of his mules and yet he bore no resentmentFather Vaillant had forced his hand but he was rather glad of it 63 Vaillants persistence succeeds where Latours gentleness would have failed Vaillant succeeds in buying two animals that serve both priests as companions for the rest of the novel Though Vaillants strong will often achieves his objectives in the case of Dona
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