Touching Spirit Bear

by

Ben Mikaelsen

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Peter’s Lawyer Character Analysis

Peter’s lawyer is a middle-aged woman. Though Cole never describes what she looks like except to note that she’s about his parents age, he hates her. This is understandable—Peter’s lawyer is dismissive and wholly unwilling to give Cole the benefit of the doubt, even when he tries to show how much he’s changed after his first time on the island. During the meetings between Cole’s trips to Alaska, Peter’s lawyer seems to barely respect the rules of Circle Justice and often speaks out of turn.

Peter’s Lawyer Quotes in Touching Spirit Bear

The Touching Spirit Bear quotes below are all either spoken by Peter’s Lawyer or refer to Peter’s Lawyer. 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 HarperCollins edition of Touching Spirit Bear published in 2002.
Chapter 5 Quotes

Cole felt no regret for having burned the supplies and the shelter. Nor did he regret hurting Peter. This was all somebody else’s fault. If it weren’t for his parents, Peter, and the stupid Healing Circle, he wouldn’t even be here. Somebody would pay for what was happening. He would get revenge, especially against those who had wanted him in jail. People like Peter’s lady lawyer. He hated her.

Page Number: 45
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Peter’s Lawyer Character Timeline in Touching Spirit Bear

The timeline below shows where the character Peter’s Lawyer appears in Touching Spirit Bear. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
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...and Cole thinks this feels like public humiliation. Peter, Mr. and Mrs. Driscal, and Peter’s lawyer arrive. Then, the Keeper asks everyone to join hands for a prayer. Cole catches Peter... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...and Cole knows he’ll get revenge someday. He especially wants to get revenge against Peter’s lawyer, who insisted at the Healing Circle that Cole was dangerous and untrustworthy. Other people echoed... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...that are broken—they’re all guilty. He stares at Cole’s dad as he says this. Peter’s lawyer is the next to speak: she insists that Cole must go to jail for the... (full context)
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...first place. After the fifth Circle meeting, Cole asked why nobody believed he’d changed. Peter’s lawyer points out that Cole is a liar and sarcastically says that they can’t ship him... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...but Garvey insists that Cole has changed and should be allowed to change more. Peter’s lawyer, however, insists that everyone has suffered too much. She insists that Peter is doing poorly... (full context)
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...Cole says he saw and touched the bear. Though she doesn’t have the feather, Peter’s lawyer insists they’re done. Edwin notes that a fishing crew recently sighted a white bear near... (full context)