The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky

by

Stephen Crane

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The Drummer Character Analysis

The drummer is a young patron at the Weary Gentleman saloon in Yellow Sky. He is a newcomer to the town who sits in the bar regaling other patrons with stories. Through the drummer’s questions to the barkeeper about the danger Scratchy Wilson poses, readers learn more about Wilson, his role as the town’s feared outlaw, and his relationship to Jack Potter.

The Drummer Quotes in The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky

The The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky quotes below are all either spoken by The Drummer or refer to The Drummer. 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 Dover Thrift Editions edition of The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky published in 1993.
Part 2 Quotes

The drummer's tale was interrupted by a young man who suddenly appeared in the open door. He cried: "Scratchy Wilson is drunk, and has turned loose with both hands." The two Mexicans at once set down their glasses and faded out of the rear entrance of the saloon. The drummer, innocent and jocular, answered: “All right, old man. S'pose he has? Come in and have a drink, anyhow."

Related Characters: The Young Man (speaker), The Drummer, The Mexican Sheepherders
Related Symbols: Scratchy Wilson
Page Number: 83
Explanation and Analysis:

"You see," he whispered, "this here Scratchy Wilson is a wonder with a gun a perfect wonder—and when he goes on the war trail, we hunt our holes—naturally. He’s about the last one of the old gang that used to hang out along the river here. He's a terror when he’s drunk. When he’s sober he's all right—kind of simple—wouldn't hurt a fly—nicest fellow in town. But when he's drunk—whoo!"

Related Characters: The Barkeeper (speaker), Jack Potter, The Drummer
Related Symbols: Scratchy Wilson
Page Number: 84-85
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Drummer Character Timeline in The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky

The timeline below shows where the character The Drummer appears in The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2
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Inside the town watering hole, the Weary Gentleman saloon, are six men: a drummer who is new to the town, three Texans, and two Mexican sheepherders sit at the... (full context)
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The drummer regales the other patrons with fantastic tales until a young man enters the saloon and... (full context)
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The perplexed drummer wonders about the “chapel-like gloom” that descends upon the saloon. He watches as the barkeeper... (full context)
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The drummer unleashes a barrage of questions about Scratchy Wilson. “Will he kill anybody?” “Can he break... (full context)
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Only Jack Potter can stop Wilson, the patrons claim. They tell the drummer that Potter is the town marshal who “goes out and fights Scratchy when he gets... (full context)
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The barkeeper tells the drummer that Scratchy Wilson is a “wonder with a gun” and “the last one of the... (full context)