Many critics have suggested that Jubal Harshaw is a fictionalized stand-in for Heinlein himself. Certainly Harshaw's tendency to sermonize and go on at length about his rugged individualist opinions would seem to be an ideal format for an author to espouse his own philosophies. The author/character connection is hinted at explicitly by the fact that Jubal is himself an author of popular fiction. In Chapter X, the tale he begins dictating to Anne of the wounded cat is not meant as high art, but merely an effectively manipulative genre story, much like the adventure/suspense drama of the first part of the novel.


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