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Subject: November RAL - Stone Heart - Other Characters
Date Posted: 11/10/2013 8:07 PM ET
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What are your thoughts about Toussaint Charbonneau?  How about Meriweather Lewis and William Clark?   Are there any other secondary characters you think were important to the story?

Date Posted: 11/10/2013 11:57 PM ET
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Toussaint was not a nice guy, but he probably wasn't the worst of the men who made their living at the time trapping and trading.   Sacajawea seemed resigned to her life with Toussaint, but then she had never known anything other than subservience to men.

My favorite secondary character was actually Lewis' dog Seaman.   He seemed to be Sacajawea's only friend - and he was the most active character in the book - constantly running around, getting into trouble, getting dognapped (yes, I was afraid that the Indians were going to eat him before Lewis' men could get him back).



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Date Posted: 12/3/2013 11:14 AM ET
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Toussaint's character was rough, cruel and inconsistent.  Not surprise about how he treated Sacajawea.  And, I, too, liked Seaman. Interesting minor character that steals the show.  Do you think that the author has a dog?

The characters of Lewis and Clark were as I suspected they would be, dedicated to their exploration activities.  The details from the journal were interesting and I found myself trying to identify some of the birds that were described.