Yet in all this, we meet Tom Builder. He's a dreamer. He's also quietly brilliant. In the first few pages of his story, he loses his job, gets attacked by bandits, and loses his wife as she gives birth to their son. Yet he dreams on.
He accepts people for what they are. When he meets Ellen, a woman whom others see as a witch, he eventually accepts her help. When her bastard son shows a genius for architecture, Tom teaches him.
Other men might stand back and watch as others do all the manual labor. Tom is out there working harder than anyone. I can't remember if he actually helps quarry the stone, but he definitely helps dig foundations and lay block and whatever other dirty work goes into building. He also supervises the men, who are mostly untrained, and I remember him as being fair and patient. He does have a blind side when it comes to his oldest jerk of a son, but nobody's perfect.
Rufus Sewell up there portrayed Tom in the mini-series. I haven't finished watching yet, but so far he's doing a great job. I loooooooathed his character in A Knight's Tale, and usually when I react to a character that badly, I dislike the actor afterward as well. Not fair, I know. Sewell has made me change my mind about him with his characterization of Tom.
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Don’t you just love larger-than-life characters? The ones who jump off the page and grab you? Whether you love them or hate them, you can’t be indifferent to them.
I would love to know about the characters who just won’t leave you! Most of you will probably post about how much you love (or loathe) each character, but this is a great place for the more creative ones among you to let go and have fun! Write yourself into a scene with Anne and Diana. Write a love poem in elvish for Aragorn. Draw a picture of Harry obliterating Voldemort. The possibilities are endless.
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