Will Cooper: The story's protagonist, he enters Indian territory as a 12 year-old orphan who is bound to a trading post. He eventually becomes successful and works most of his life to keep as many natives in their land as he can.
“I am glad to think that Claire and Bear succeeded in avoiding the camera. I see their achievement as an enviable resistance against the modern age. When everything is immediately available and infinitely reproducible, nothing is valuable. How can it be? How many times might beauty or heartbreak or love be replicated and still have meaning? it is like running the soul under a die press. Reproduction breeds worthlessness. Claire and Bear remain singularities. (416)”
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