Snow Falling On Cedars By David Gutterson

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Ismael Chambers: An honest and hard-working man, Ismael brought forth evidence in the murder trial of Carl Heine that proved Kabuo Miyamoto to be innocent. The loss of his arm during the war did not prevent him from continuing the publication of his father's newspaper, The San Piedro Review after his death, let alone many other activities. Although never married, Ismael, as a young child fell in love with Hatsue Imada and was heart broken when he found out all Japanese families were being transported to the internment camps. After receiving a letter from Hatsue stating that she could never love him, Ismael became, at first, very resentful towards the Japanese, although he got over it as he got older."It seemed right to me, it seemed like getting married, like being married, like you and me were married. Like the only kind of wedding we could ever have.""That f***ing g*ddamn Jap b***h."Kabuo Miyamoto: Respectable and proud fisherman Kabuo Miyamoto was accused of the murder of Carl Heine in which he was found innocent from evidence introduced by Ismael Chambers. As a young boy, Kabuo was thoroughly trained in the art of kendo by his strawberry cropper father, which he used in the war a few years later. Returning home from battle, he sought to repurchase the seven acres of his family's land."...he sat proudly upright with a rigid grace, his palms placed softly on the defendant's table-the posture of a man who has detached himself insofar as this possible at his own trial.""He had meant to project to the jurors his innocence, he'd wanted them to see that his spirit was haunted, he sat upright in the hope that his desperate composure might reflect the shape of his soul."Hatsue Miyamoto (Imada): Wife of accused man Kabuo Miyamoto and daughter of a local strawberry farmer, quiet and respectful Hatsue became the childhood love of Ismael Chambers after spending many afternoons with him in the cedar tree. As she grew older she realized she must choose her Japanese culture over the love and companionship of this outsider, and when she marries Kabuo she knows that it feels right."It's right." "It feels so right, Kabuo.""It's my character, too. It's my destiny now to love you."Etta Heine: Mother of Carl Heine, Etta was very racist, especially towards those of Japanese decent. She was overly angered when she heard that her husband had agreed to sell seven acres of their land to Kabuo's father, Zenhichi. When questioned at the trial of her dead son, she exaggerated the fact that Kabuo had given her dirty looks when she refused to sell him his father's land."You're the man of the house, you wear the pants, go ahead and sell our property to a Jap and see what comes of it.""None I can think of. 'Less you want to call dirty looks a way of speaking. Every time I saw him there he'd be with his eyes narrowed at me. You know, watchin', glaring'."Art Moran: The local sheriff, Art's first instinct is to believe that Carl's death was an accident, but begins to change his...

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