Douglas Spaulding: Douglas is a twelve year old boy who is planning to enjoy all of the summer, the new shoes, the ravine, the friends, the sunshine. He comes to a lot of realizations this summer, one of which is that eventually, he will die.
“" 'Maybe old people were never children, like we claim with Mrs. Bently, but, big or little, some of them were standing around at Appomatox the summer of 1865.' They got Indian vision and can sight back further than you and me will ever sight ahead."”
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