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Dunstan Ramsey, our narrator and protagonist, is an intellectual man looking for meaning in his life, forever haunted by the effects of a wayward snowball. Dunstan is a rebel in his own academic way. Even as a boy he was not afraid to challenge the conventions of society. When the town of Deptford condemned Mrs. Dempster as a social pariah Dunstan embraced her as a saint. He is a man who changes yet fundamentally stays the same. Dunstan strives to solve his personal paradox through the study of Catholic Saints and his mythic adventures with a travelling magic show Later on in life Dunstan continues to follow his passion surrounding the study of saints, even to the disdain of his peers and employer.
He's an itellectual men looking for meaning in his life.