What are Eli's best qualities, and where are they portrayed in the book?

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Despite the fact that Eli is a hired gun, he does, in fact, display a surprising amount of empathy and compassion to the people in need around him. Readers can see this fairly early on in the book when Eli and Charlie come across a man who is walking his...

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Despite the fact that Eli is a hired gun, he does, in fact, display a surprising amount of empathy and compassion to the people in need around him. Readers can see this fairly early on in the book when Eli and Charlie come across a man who is walking his horse and weeping profusely. Rather than steer clear of the man and continue heading on to their destination, Eli tries to engage with the man and find out what is wrong. Eli doesn't get anything out of the man, but the man does follow them to camp. Eli could have made sure that didn't happen, but instead he allows it to happen and even feeds the man once they stop.

Readers will see this wonderful ability of Eli's to engage with people around him later when he befriends the woman who works in the hotel. Charlie is nursing a hangover, and Eli spends time talking with her about family problems and future dreams. Before leaving on his journey, Eli does her another act of kindness and leaves her some money under his pillow. Eli will do essentially the same thing a bit later when he makes friends with the bookkeeper in Mayfield. Once again, we see Eli able to engage with a person on a wonderfully personable level, and he even talks to her about his violent work. Like the hotel woman, Eli will slip the friendly bookkeeper some money. All of this helps to show readers that Eli can be both friendly and generous.

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