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Claude has come from New York, and his language and manner of speaking in using idioms is street talk from the big city. When Claude was younger, still a minor, his father had taken his drugs from him, and Claude’s immediate response was to shoot his father dead. He is now undergoing penance as a result of his crime, but has not been imprisoned. He is a figure like Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner, who tells his life’s nightmarish story to others, both as a night talker and day talker, and whose hope is finally to make amends by creating an end of violence. His character adds resonance to the story for added mystical effects.
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