Who is Claude in "Night Talkers"?
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.