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Dr. Joseph Morgan in A Lesson Before Dying

By Ernest J. Gaines

Dr. Joseph Morgan

Dr. Joseph isn't exactly part of the law, but he fits into this category because he represents the government and comes from outside to impose his rules on the quarter. He's the school superintendent and complains about the hassle of checking the plantation school's progress once a year. He's, all in all, an unlikeable guy who doesn't want to help make anything better; he just wants to check one more chore off of his list.