In the Skin of a Lion

Hazen Lewis Character Analysis

Patrick Lewis’s father is a reserved, taciturn person focused exclusively on his work as a dynamiter for a logging company. Although he often shows concern for Patrick’s safety and well-being, he rarely talks, preferring to make himself understood through his actions. His concern for his work suggests that he feels pride in his skills and values his professional occupation.

Hazen Lewis Quotes in In the Skin of a Lion

The In the Skin of a Lion quotes below are all either spoken by Hazen Lewis or refer to Hazen Lewis. 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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Part 1: Chapter 1: Little Seeds Quotes

He was born into a region which did not appear on a map until 1910, though his family had worked there for twenty years and the land had been homesteaded since 1815.

Related Characters: Patrick Lewis, Hazen Lewis
Page Number: 10
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Part 2: Chapter 1: Palace of Purification Quotes

Nobody else wants the claustrophobic uncertainty of this work, but for Patrick this part is the only ease in this terrible place where he feels banished from the world. He carries out the old skill he learned from his father—although then it had been in sunlight, in rivers, logs tumbling over themselves slowly in the air.

Related Characters: Patrick Lewis, Hazen Lewis
Related Symbols: Dynamite
Page Number: 107
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He remembers his father once passing the foreign loggers on First Lake Road and saying, “They don’t know where they are.” And now, in this neighborhood intricate with history and ceremony, Patrick smiles to himself at the irony of reversals.

Related Characters: Patrick Lewis, Hazen Lewis
Page Number: 133
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Hazen Lewis Character Timeline in In the Skin of a Lion

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Part 1: Chapter 1: Little Seeds
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The men have little contact with the town, and neither the boy nor his father has ever entered the temporary shacks they set up for the winter while the river... (full context)
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During summer nights, the boy loves turning out the lights and, while his father is sleeping, looking at a geography book in the kitchen, where he leaves a light... (full context)
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Patrick’s father does manual work on a few farms. One day, Patrick and his father search for... (full context)
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When Patrick’s father attaches the ropes to the horses, the horses move forward and succeed in pulling a... (full context)
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That night, Patrick’s father allows the boy to sleep in the same bed as him, sharing warmth, and they... (full context)
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Patrick remembers his father, Hazen Lewis, practicing using dynamite. Hazen would draw the outline of Patrick on a table... (full context)
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When Patrick is fifteen, his father takes the only risk he ever took in his life: he blows up a tree... (full context)
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...in narrow stretches of the river need a dynamiter to dislodge them. In these cases, Hazen Lewis and Patrick arrive. After taking off his clothes, Patrick covers himself in oil and... (full context)
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...cook bring loggers food and drift back down the river to camp. In the meantime, Hazen dreams of dynamiting someone’s body by attaching the fuse to someone’s pants. He remains brooding... (full context)
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...he learned important things during this period, but always through distant observation, by watching his father’s behavior. He recalls the emotionless way in which his father sometimes sang at square dances,... (full context)
Part 2: Chapter 1: Palace of Purification
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...by foreigners and speaking a foreign language in the street illegal. Patrick reflects on his father’s comment about the loggers they would see when he was a child. Hazen Lewis said... (full context)