Cold Mountain

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The Georgia boy / Reid Character Analysis

A young man who joins forces with Pangle and Stobrod Thewes after deserting the Confederate army. Reid is mercifully absent when the Home Guard attacks Stobrod and Pangle, so that he’s able to alert Ada Monroe and Ruby Thewes to the danger. In the end, we learn that Reid marries Ruby and has three children with her.
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The Georgia boy / Reid Character Timeline in Cold Mountain

The timeline below shows where the character The Georgia boy / Reid appears in Cold Mountain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 16: naught and grief
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...than seventeen years old. The trio is headed for Ada’s farm. Stobrod explains to the Georgia boy that Ada has finally convinced Ruby to take care of her father. Ruby has agreed... (full context)
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...and eat and drink. They take swigs of whiskey they’ve stolen, and eat beans. The Georgia boy , whose stomach is very upset, stumbles off to vomit and take care of himself.... (full context)
Chapter 17: black bark in winter
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As the chapter opens, the Georgia boy is sitting with Ada and Ruby, describing the deaths of Stobrod and Pangle—he escaped their... (full context)
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...preparing to go and bury Stobrod and Pangle. Before they leave, however, they direct the Georgia boy back to his home. They know he’ll need to leave as soon as possible to... (full context)
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Ada and Ruby set out to find Stobrod and Pangle’s bodies. Following the Georgia boy ’s directions, they venture into the mountains. On their first night in the mountains, they... (full context)
Chapter 18: footsteps in the snow
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...which smoke is rising. He knocks on the door of the cabin and finds the Georgia boy inside. The boy invites Inman in, and Inman hears about the Georgia boy’s witnessing of... (full context)
Epilogue: October of 1874
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...clasping each other at the oddest moments.” The Georgia boy—whose name, we finally learn, is Reid—and Ruby have ended up married to each other, with three children who love to play... (full context)
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...stars, the trees, and the soil. In the evening, Stobrod plays the fiddle for Ada, Reid, Ruby, and all four children. As the night goes on, Ada reads to the children,... (full context)