The second-in-command on Mr. Whitechapel’s plantation. He is Mr. Whitechapel’s trusted lieutenant. However, on the night when Chapel is captured after running away from the plantation, the deputy is not on the plantation because he has snuck off to spend time with his wife (something he does regularly). As a result, there is no one at the plantation to ensure that Mr. Whitechapel’s orders are followed, and Sanders Junior decides to punish Chapel much more harshly than Mr. Whitechapel intended, causing Chapel’s death. Mr. Whitechapel later reprimands the deputy for “behaving foolishly" in leaving the plantation when he should have been on duty.
The deputy Character Timeline in The Longest Memory
The timeline below shows where the character The deputy appears in The Longest Memory. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Whitechapel
...and therefore ensures that his orders are obeyed. However, when Whitechapel subsequently doesn't see the deputy anywhere on the plantation, he begins to panic. The overseer, Sanders Junior, tells Whitechapel that... (full context)
Chapter 2: Mr. Whitechapel
...plantation the next day, Mr. Whitechapel launches in a long monologue to Sanders Junior, the deputy, and Whitechapel, accusing all of them of behaving foolishly and causing Chapel’s brutal death. The... (full context)
...employees he is not actually worried about Whitechapel but, instead, about them. He scolds the deputy for leaving the plantation and angrily demands an explanation. Mr. Whitechapel also tells Sanders Junior... (full context)