The cone gatherers is a slightly depressing read with a negative mood created by the author. Basically there are two cone gatherers collecting tree cones to replace the trees felled by the warl.
The main character Duror, the gamekeeper in the novel, has an obsessive nature and hates the cone gatherer Calum as he is deformed. Duror dislikes deformity of all kinds and believes that the cone gatherers have invaded his land and decides to have everyone turn against them in a bid to be rid of them.
In the main chunk of story we learn how Duror intends to do this exactly, and we are given detailed analysis of the plot against the cone gatherers. He intends to invite them to a deer drive so that the behaviour of the mentally ill cone gatherer might turn everyone against him. Calum you see loves animals and so Duror thinks he might act irrationally when confronted by dead deer.
This report prepared by Graeme Ross
The main characters, Calum and Neil, are lowly forestry workers engaged to collect cones for the war effort in World War 2. Calum is a deformed hunchback. His brother, Neil, has given up any chance of marriage and personal happiness to care for Calum and protect him from society.
The forest they are sent to work in is the sanctuary of Duror, a gamekeeper who is frustrated by his wife's long illness and his rejection from active service in the war. He absolutely hates deformity. He sees the cone gatherers as intruders and tries to turn the owner of the forest, Lady Runcie Campbell, against the men. Duror lies and twists events to manipulate the brothers but Lady Runcie Campbell's son Roderick is not taken in and sees the inner goodness of the brothers, as opposed to the inner evil of Duror.
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