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In Ernest J Gaines novel A Gathering of Old Men I found no part in the story to be interesting The novel was completely centered on one event and one house To be very honest about it this is one of the worst books I have ever read The main characters seemed very dull and only a select few times did they seem to be getting something done Mathu is a good example of a dull character In the story Mathu was always sitting around his house Be it on his porch or in the yard he is always sitting Mathu was squatting against the wall with that old double barrel shotgun in his arms Page 6 Mathu also shows traits I dislike when the people started to gather around his house Instead of telling them to leave and let him take the blame he let them stay and claim they murdered Beau Tell them to go home Mathu Mapes said Thats up to them Sheriff Theyll do it if you tell them to do it Mapes said Tell them to go home before theres trouble Mathu you dont have to answer any questions Candy said She hadnt left his side since he stepped to the ground He can take you to jail if he wants to but he cant force you to talk Not until Clinton gets here I dont mind talking Mathu said Page 85 Dirty Red was one of the only characters that mildly caught my attention He seemed to be a very bold and tough person At one point in the novel he is clearly depicted as one Dirty Red also reminds me of a comedian hillbilly that used to rent the family farm always with a cigarette half-hanging on his lip and always dirty looking You never seen Dirty Red lighting a new cigarette When you seen it it was already half gone-wet dirty looking and half-gone He probably had
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