Sir Hayden Moore: Sir Hayden Moore is the novel’s most principled character—honorable and ethical, forthright and afraid of nothing. Even in deception, Hayden is more likely to fudge the truth through omission than to outright lie. Because of this, he is the story’s moral pillar. He is the man most of us will never be, a nobleman in the vein of King Arthur—perhaps just a smidge Don Quixote. As a young man, Hayden identified a great injustice, set his sights on repairing it, and refused to waiver from the goal until death. For these reasons, he was my favorite character to write. I always knew what Hayden would say or do in a given scene. As a reader, you might wonder what the scheming Sir Hayden Moore is up to in a given scene but still unequivocally trust his motives. Everything he does and says supports a single position. Hayden is a goliath, even among activists adept with a monkey wrench.For Will, Hayden is a bridge. While he doesn’t exactly play the role of surrogate father to Will, he does reach out as a male figurehead, seeming to understand that Will desperately lacks a paternal role model. Rather than nurturing, Hayden provides Will with the bold male guidance he needs. In Hayden, Will sees a man who is firm but not violent, kind but not weak, principled but not arrogant. The pair’s initial conflict over Emily—caused by Will’s attraction to the women Hayden considers a daughter—gives way to a kinship based on this absence of a father figure. Raised by a lout himself, Hayden makes clear that it was another man who took him in emotionally. “It’s only because I was once special to a man that I can even be a man,” Hayden says near the end. “We’re men, Will, more like women than they are but denied the luxurious feel of womanliness.” Hayden is not a man’s man, nor is he a lady’s man. Sir Hayden Moore is his own man. One of Will’s final acts in the book is to repay the man who taught him so much.
“I can see the light, and as the love gets closer, I have already begun to feel the rage subside to joy, so that in the end, I will know only peace.”
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