Rider

Display Name: 
Rider
Sort Name: 
Rider
AKA: 
Spoot
Race: 
Black
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Free Black
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Dies
Occupation: 
Production
Specific Job: 
Head of Sawmill Gang
Date of Birth: 
Tuesday, August 1, 1916 to Friday, August 31, 1917
Cause of Death: 
Murder
Real?: 
No
Other Texts: 
Biography: 

Rider is described by both of the story’s narrators as powerful, even superhuman in his strength, “better than six feet and weigh[ing] better than two hundred pounds” (238). At 24 he is the head of a timber gang at the mill, and he rents a cabin from Carothers Edmonds. Although “Spoot” is “the name he had gone by in childhood and adolescence” and the one used by his aunt (249), the name he later assumes, “Rider,” is also a nickname, given to him by “the men he worked with and the bright dark nameless women he had taken in course” (249).

Note: 
murder, suicide, married, employed, powerful, mythical, major character who is not a narrator
Financial Status: 
laborer (works for wages)
Individual or Group: 
Individual

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