How does the author develop or reveal character in "The Ransom of Red Chief"?

The author develops or reveals character in "The Ransom of Red Chief" through the physical descriptions of the characters, the speech they use, and the actions they take.

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The author develops characters in this short story through their physical descriptions, actions, and speech.

Johnny, the young boy who has been kidnapped, proves to be an ironically difficult child to hold for ransom. He lives in a world of wild-make believe, and his temperament is not the docile child the kidnappers expected from a wealthy and respected family. One morning, little Johnny, who calls himself Red Chief in this story, seems intent on scalping his "playmate":

Red Chief was sitting on Bill’s chest, with one hand twined in Bill’s hair. In the other he had the sharp case-knife we used for slicing bacon; and he was industriously and realistically trying to take Bill’s scalp...

The kidnapped child has thwarted their plans by shifting the roles. His characterization is developed as being too wild to tame, and the description of Bill that follows shows the effect this has had on him, as well:

From that moment, Bill’s spirit was broken. He laid down on his side of the bed, but...

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