The Character of Tommy McGuffin

“The Captain taught me that a man charts a single course, loves a single woman, follows a single cause; without that, he will never be a man, but will remain a boy, with a beard.”

This is Tommy at his best. He is an idealist. His life was a great burden before the story opens. After the Captain, the single most important person in his life before Aoife, dies, he suffers the worst kind of betrayal when Wilson breaks his word to the now dead Captain and throws Tommy into an orphanage. Still, Wilson can’t be blamed because his reaction to Tommy was no different from anyone else’s. When faced with Tommy, people felt their own mortality, the limits of their earthly existence, the moment of their death. Tommy had no idea why. As far as he knew, people reacted to him without cause,