Nanno Mulder
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Is, after all Williams idolizing or rather criticizing the "gone west" way of life?

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Margaret I don't think he's doing either. I think he's simply telling a story and because of the details of the time and place, the end of the buffalo, the beginning of the end of the West as his main character had known and imagined as a child, and confronted in its reality as an adult, that story reveals the full horror of the greed and exploitation that was wrought on the West. But the character can see beyond his experience and continue to move on when the events in the book come to their end. He is a witness and we witness through him.
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