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Mr. Norton comes from white privilage like the men from Greenwood. He is a rich, white benefactors of the narrator's college, he is driven around by the narrator when he visits. He believes he has created a positive future for the black students of the college and the black race in general. He shows real interest in hearing Trueblood's story and in the lives of the mental patients at the Golden Day when the narrator is forced to stop at these places along their drive. He stands up for the narrator when he is punished by the school for his treatment of Mr. Norton on the drive, but to no avail. The narrator looks back on Mr. Norton more and more as part of the artificial system represented by the college. He faces him in person one last time in the Epilogue where Mr. Norton can only act alarmed and confused.