nce Memed, or Slim Memed, a young man who is eighteen years old when he takes up his calling. During the difficult early years of his life, when he experienced beatings and privations, he became physically stunted and somewhat gnarled; he never grew to his full height. He has developed into a hardened, bitter young man who nevertheless can manage an ironically cheerful smile much of the time. He falls deeply in love with Hatçe, and his attachment to her leads to a violent confrontation with Abdi Aa and his minions. Memed becomes an outlaw, but of a special sort; rather than subjecting innocent wayfarers to suffering and indignities, he decides to avenge acts of oppression and injustice Abdi has perpetrated. Toward the end, he rejoins Hatçe and marries her. She is killed in a gun battle. In a final act of bold defiance, he rides up to his rival’s house and shoots Abdi dead.
Deuneh, Memed’s mother. She grows wheat and is compelled, at a rate more unfavorable than that imposed on others, to turn three-fourths of her crop over to Abdi. When Memed and Hatçe run away from the authorities, Abdi and Veli trample Deuneh to death.
Hatçe, a young woman. After an adolescent courtship, she becomes Memed’s lover. At about the age of sixteen, she leaves Veli, her nominal betrothed, behind; when fighting erupts, she is captured by Abdi’s men and accused, falsely, of murder. After Memed rescues her from captivity, she remains with him and becomes his wife. She gives birth to his infant son but later is killed during an armed confrontation.
Abdi Aa, a powerful local landowner. He has a long, sharp face; small, calculating eyes; and pink cheeks, as well as whiskers that have brought him the disparaging epithet of “goat beard” among the villagers. He is unusually cruel and grasping even by the standards of such potentates....
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