Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo


George Saunders

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A poor white man who exists in the Bardo with his wife, Betsy Barron. Eddie is vulgar and crass, even when he speaks to Willie, a mere child. Despite his crudeness, though, he exhibits a capacity for empathy that other Bardo-dwellers lack, since he considers black souls like Elson Farwell his friend. Indeed, he and Betsy have been buried in a mass grave and are the only white souls there. As such, they aren’t as bigoted as many of the other people in the Bardo.
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Eddie Barron Character Timeline in Lincoln in the Bardo

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Chapter 27
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...reaching the heights of a pine tree and becoming as thin as a pencil. Meanwhile, Eddie and Betsy Baron approach and tell Willie in exceedingly vulgar language how they lived in... (full context)