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Characters

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Mattie Ross

Y'all, being fourteen is hard. You're only a year into this teenage gig, you've probably got some pimples, your parents totally still treat you like a kid, you can't drive yet, and your dad has jus...

Rueben "Rooster" Cogburn

Rooster is a deputy marshal for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. May not sound like much of a job description, but consider this: through most of the nineteenth century...

LaBoeuf

LaBoeuf (pronounced "LaBeef) is a Texas Ranger and the third member of the trio hunting Tom Chaney. LaBoeuf is what ZZ Top would call a sharp dressed man, and even Mattie admits that he's good-look...

Frank Ross

Frank Ross is Mattie's father, but he seems to exist in the novel as a plot device more than a character. We really only get a good look at him through reminiscences and memories—like the sheriff...

Mattie's Mother

We never meet Mattie's mother, but we get some hints about her. Compared to Mattie, she may seem weak—but Mattie doesn't see it that way. Mattie's mother is simply a different kind of woman, the...

Tom Chaney

Tom Chaney, a.k.a. Theron Chelmsford, murders Frank Ross, Mattie's father, when Frank tries from getting into drunken trouble over a gambling disagreement. Leave it to Rooster for the moral ambigui...

Ned Pepper

If Chaney is nasty, then Ned Pepper is just pure evil, like a little glimpse into what Chaney could become if he stuck it out for a few more years. Almost everything he does is violent, violent, an...
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