The barber is strictly a professional when it comes to his work and handling of his clients.
- He constantly strops the blade with his leather strap to assure a close, clean shave.
- He worries constantly that a spilled drop of blood will soil his own personal code of the perfect shave.
The barber is a loyal rebel.
- Despite the danger, he keeps his identity hidden while performing a fairly public duty.
- He depises the captain.
The barber is a coward.
- He has the chance to kill the captain, and he does not.
- He could take an active part in rebel activity, but he chooses to take a behind-the-scenes role.
In the short story "Just Lather That's All" the barber is man who is proud of his profession. He takes his time preparing his balde.
"I was passing the best of my razors back and forth on a strop."
The barber is a man who is invloved in revolutionary activities. He is also loyal to those in his group.
"Damn him for coming, because I'm a revolutionary and not a murderer."
The Barber is a just person and not a murderer. He is aslo insecure about the idea of murdering the man and having to give up the life that he ahs made. He knows that people would not think of him as a man who did a good thing, after all he is just a barber.
"He was the town barber. No one knew he was defending our cause."
He could have killed the man, but he doesn't. The man makes a remark substantiating this as he prepares to leave the shop.
"They told me that you'd kill me. I came to find out. But killing isn't easy."