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While it is not clear that writer Charles Portis is a freemason, it is interesting that he would use masonic references related to the main character (who has died). The ideals of freemasonry are perhaps revealed through his daughter Mattie, who clearly adored and respected her father. Mattie is shown as a smart, frugal, determined, clear-headed person. Perhaps her vim and vigor give reference to the masonic principle of steadfastness, openness, and fair dealing. The masonic references are quite intriguing.
As the current editor/writer of the Scottish Rite Journal, I am always on the lookout for material which favorably highlights the good of freemasonry that is highlighted in social media and the general culture.

Gregory S. Kearse
Silver Spring, MD