1.Richard Clayton Harwick – running away from home-mother dies of broken heart-Sacrifices of an innocent life – Charlotte Harwick vs Charles Devere-Ruins his own family – Mr  Coldstone gets angry as money slips away steadily. Richard comes back home to an empty, silent hall

 2. Colin – when he and his mother leave Jack and their apartment for good

– Has to move to a new school with new friends  – does not have friends

-Colin has to work to earn money – does 3 paper rounds, accept money over Christmas presents and birthday presents-Misses Jack a lot and it makes him stay awake late at night memorising his good time with Jack
Example of event in the novel of dear mr. kilmer

A terrible incident has happen at the tavern own by Hannah Schermers parents.It has been vandalized. To instill good values in students,Mrs Hansen encourage her students to sign a card to expressing their sympathy for  Hannah and her family.Mrs Hansen shocked at the protest by more vocal student and the culture of fear created by the class bullies which stop some sincere students from signing.In the end,only Richard sign the card.Richard action caused the students taunt him for supporting the German.Richard approaches his teacher and asked for the card and he want to personally delivered it to the Schermers. Abruptly,Richard was  attacked by  Abner and Harry but he manages to win the fight.Richard feels terrible as he was home and keep pondering about the people of Turtle Lake.On his way home,he climbs an old oak tree to watch a train pass by.He sees passenger happily travelling.As he reaches home,Angie running excitedly towards him with news that he has received a letter from New York.It is from Joyce Kilmer.
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