Gavin Stevens

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Display Name: 
Gavin Stevens
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Stevens, Gavin
AKA: 
Uncle Gavin
Lawyer Stevens
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Family: 
Stevens
Occupation: 
Professional
Specific Job: 
Attorney
Narrator: 
First Person
Biography: 

Gavin Stevens is one of the three major narrators of The Town. He is the son of Judge Lemuel Stevens, twin brother of Margaret Mallison, and uncle of Chick Mallison. he is an idealistic, obsessively talkative, and optimistic man, often given to considering complexities, especially his own; he is smitten by Eula Snopes and later, in a different way, by her daughter Linda. and is troubled by his desires for them: "contriving by clumsy and timorous artifice the accidental encounters in which he still would not and never quite touch, really want to touch, too terrified in fact to touch; but only to breathe the same air, be laved by the same circumambiance which laved the mistress's moving limbs" (219). His opposition to the Snopeses and to Manfred De Spain is absolute, but rarely effectual.

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Horace Benbow is a character very much like Gavin in Sanctuary, and Flags in the Dust/Sartoris. He's the twin brother of Narcissa Benbow. Both are well-educated, had WWI experiences, etc. JBC
Individual or Group: 
Individual
Character changes class in this text: 
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