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Sixteen-year-old Dove is jealous of Johnny’s skills with silver and his place of authority in the household. Dove trips Johnny when he isn’t looking, and the two boys start to argue. Johnny ends the argument by sending Dove to fetch some water. Because of his easy-going nature and his strong work ethic, everyone admires Johnny––even Dove. This is why Johnny is able to boss the older boy around. Johnny takes advantage of this, choosing to bully Dove more than necessary. Dusty is only eleven years old at the start of the novel and looks up to Johnny.