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artist101 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 14, 2011 at 9:05 AM via web

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Who is Dolphus Raymond and what do we learn about him and the way he lives his life in Chapter 16 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

 

I get who he is, I just don't know how to put it into sentences that make sense to my teacher....

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 14, 2011 at 9:26 AM (Answer #1)

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Dolphus Raymond hails from an old Maycomb family, and he is probably one of the wealthiest men in town. A former plantation owner (Tom Robinson injured his arm in an accident on one of Dolphus's cotton gins), Raymond lives on land he owns along the river. Engaged to be married at one point, his fiance committed suicide following the rehearsal when she

"... went upstairs and blew her head off. Shotgun. She pulled the trigger with her toes."

Dolphus's fiance had discovered that he had a black mistress, and following the suicide, Dolphus has "been sorta drunk ever since." He weaves around town, apparently sipping whiskey from a straw that is hidden in a paper sack. He has fathered a number of "mixed chillun," and the white people in town won't have anything to do with him or his kids. It is obvious that Dolphus marches to the tune of a different drummer, and he prefers the company of black people to whites.

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