Horace Carpetine: Main character and narrator of the story. He is fourteen years old. He was born in New York City. Apprentice to Mr. Middleditch. His father named him Horace after Horace Greely, who in real life was the founder and editor of tne New York Tribune.
“Photographic images were considered remarkably truthful, reality itself. "Paintings may be beautiful," my father argued. "But they are only artists' notions. Photography reveals facts." He would point to the daguerreotype of my grandfather on the wall. "You see," he would say, "that is him!"”
“It was as if I had found a new way of seeing. Was it because I had taken my first photographs?”
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