Cold Mountain

Solomon Veasey Character Analysis

A dimwitted, immoral priest whom Inman meets while Veasey is literally dragging a young woman (Laura) through the road. Solomon has authority in his community because he’s a “man of God,” but he squanders this authority by betraying his priestly vows of chastity and having sex with Laura. As a result, he’s chased out of town. Alone in the world, Solomon joins with Inman, much to Inman’s annoyance. While Solomon (much like Stobrod Thewes) is a despicable character in many ways, his desire to start a new life is rather poignant—and so his death at the hands of the Home Guard is still tragic in its own way.

Solomon Veasey Quotes in Cold Mountain

The Cold Mountain quotes below are all either spoken by Solomon Veasey or refer to Solomon Veasey. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Grove Press edition of Cold Mountain published in 2006.
Chapter 5 Quotes

—Listen to me, Laura, he said. That preacher does not speak for God. No man does. Go back to sleep and wake up in the morning with me just a strong dream urging you to put him behind you. He means you no good. Set your mind on it.

Related Characters: Inman (speaker), Solomon Veasey, Laura
Page Number: 94
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Chapter 7 Quotes

He made a motion as if to backhand the preacher, but the man did not run or fight or even try to raise his staff to parry. Rather, he hunched his shoulders to take the blow like a cowed dog, and so Inman pulled up and did not strike. He reasoned that lacking the will to drive the man off, he'd just walk on and see what came about.

Related Characters: Inman, Solomon Veasey
Page Number: 118
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Chapter 9 Quotes

—Come eat supper with us, the man said. And we've a hayloft that's good for sleeping.
—Only if you'll take that saw off our hands, Inman said to the man.
—I expect two dollars federal. Fifty in state scrip, Veasey said, perking up.
—Take it on, Inman said. No fee.

Related Characters: Inman (speaker), Solomon Veasey (speaker), Junior (speaker)
Page Number: 163
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Solomon Veasey Character Timeline in Cold Mountain

The timeline below shows where the character Solomon Veasey appears in Cold Mountain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7: exile and brute wandering
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...priest is a beaten man—harmless and docile. He allows the priest, whose name is Solomon Veasey, to walk beside him. (full context)
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Veasey babbles to Inman about starting a new life out West. He claims he’s headed to... (full context)
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In the evening, Inman tells Veasey about his experiences in Petersburg. He remembers fighting beside the troops from South Carolina. Inman’s... (full context)
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The next day, Veasey and Inman arrive at a small country shop to buy food. Veasey immediately draws his... (full context)
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Inman and Veasey continue walking down the road, Veasey rubbing his head where Inman struck him. They come... (full context)
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Since Veasey has just left the building to have sex with Tildy, Inman is by himself. He... (full context)
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...is so overcome that he says, “It’s a feverish world.” The next morning, Inman and Veasey reunite. Veasey claims that he had a wonderful night, although Inman notices that Veasey has... (full context)
Chapter 9: to live like a gamecock
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Inman and Veasey arrive at a woodcutters’ clearing. There’s a huge tree lying in the middle of the... (full context)
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...a dead bull in a stream. The man cries out for help, and Inman and Veasey walk off the road to help him (Veasey leaves the saw by the side of... (full context)
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...done with their work. The man introduces himself as Junior, and he “entertains” Inman and Veasey with stories of having had sex with married women years ago. He tells Inman and... (full context)
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Junior takes Inman and Veasey to his house, where he offers them food and coffee. At dinner, Junior’s child walks... (full context)
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...Lila, pointing a gun right at Inman’s head. He marches Inman outside, where Inman sees Veasey standing. Junior yells out that he’s found some “outliers,” and a group of horsemen approach... (full context)
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...boar. Inman climbs to his feet, noticing that his head is bleeding. He notices that Veasey is lying on the ground, dead, but he feels little sympathy for his companion. Inman... (full context)
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...and all his money. He finds that the knapsack’s contents are still there, except for Veasey’s gun. Looking up, Inman sees Junior nearby. Junior approaches Inman, seeming not to know who... (full context)