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He was killed by the usual cabal by himself first of all by the woman he knew by the woman he did not know by the man who granted his inmost wish and by the inevitable fifth who was keeper of his conscience and keeper of the stone Davies 252 Boy Staunton is dead found in his car with a rock in his mouth in Toronto Harbor Boy may be the villain in the story of the Dempsters but is a friend to the narrator of this novel by Robertson Davies Fifth Business and a hero to the rest of the world When Boy and the narrator Ramsey were boys Boy threw a snowball at Ramsey He ducked and the snowball instead hit Mrs Dempster wife of the local Reverend who was pregnant She went into labor there and then and had a premature baby Against the odds both lived but Mrs Dempster was simple after that No one but Ramsey knew who had thrown the snowball Ramsey helped to care for the Dempsters and he taught little Paul some magic tricks and Paul ran away with the circus because everyone hated his mother Later in life Ramsey was a schoolteacher Boy was a rich and successful entrepreneur and Paul became a famous magician by the name of Eisengrim Ramsey was the confidant of Boy and found Eisengrim on his travels Ramsey is compared to the opera term of fifth business the character that is neither villain nor hero but is necessary for the plot In this instance Ramsey is the character who brings Eisengrim and Boy together after Boy has seen the magic show Eisengrims magic show was one of mystery and fear rather than humor and Ramsey helped create one of the tricks in his show The Brazen Head The Brazen head seems to know things about audience members that no one else knows Eisengrim takes sealed letters from the audience
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