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The Gringo James Calver in The Power and the Glory

By Graham Greene

The Gringo James Calver

The criminal out of the United States is built up as a dangerous man capable of theft and murder. When we meet him, he's dying from being shot. He took a boy as a hostage and shield, but that didn't save him from the lieutenant. The arrival of the priest to hear his confession doesn't change his heart. He's a man who lived by the gun and dies by the gun. His final act is trying to persuade the priest to take his weapons and use them against the police. Talk about going out with a…bang.