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The whole point of America is freedom. Freedom of thought, freedom of deed, freedom of action.
Dutch van der Linde reading a passage from Mr. Miller

Evelyn Miller is a minor character featured in Red Dead Redemption 2. He is the subject of the stranger side-mission "The American Inferno, Burnt Out".

History

Background

Evelyn Miller is a famous author who is admired by Dutch van der Linde. Previously, he lectured at Princeton University.

Events of Red Dead Redemption 2

Evelyn Miller is first seen in the mission "The Gilded Cage", talking with Saint Denis Mayor Henri Lemieux and other guests at Lemieux's party, when one of the guests, Ferdinand, insults him for sympathising with various ethic minority groups. Arthur later meets Miller and is introduced to Rains Fall and his son, Eagle Flies. Miller asks Arthur to steal documents from Leviticus Cornwall's refinery to prevent the Natives to relocate.

Several years later, John Marston can buy a newspaper article that reveals that he has resigned from his position. Later, he meets him atop a mountain in West Elizabeth. He is seen writing a draft for a new book, and the two spark conversation. Evelyn tells John to meet him at his cabin near Tanner's Reach.

When John goes to Miller's cabin, he takes him to the campsite of a group of hunters who have been hunting animals for sport. Miller antagonizes the group but is then punched in the face. A brawl ensues, and the hunters are defeated. Miller then thanks John and returns to his cabin.

As John shows up again, it is revealed Evelyn has locked himself in his cabin, stating he won't eat, drink or leave until his draft is complete. John decides to help Miller by leaving food at his cabin door.

The third time John returns, he smells an awful stench. He breaks into the cabin to find the corpse of a deceased Miller. After taking his book, John reads Miller's last request, stating he wants his corpse to be burned rather than buried; he justifies this by saying he wishes to "soar in the air with the eagles", rather than "rot in the ground with the worms". John proceeds to fulfil his request and burns Evelyn's curtains, which, in turn, set the rest of the cabin ablaze.

Bibliography

Mission appearances

Red Dead Redemption 2

Quotes

This landscape... these views... this America... it holds us tight and once we've seen it, we'll never know ignorance again. It is that beauty which really is the eternal beauty that is truth. This... is God. Not the proof, but the thing. Not his work, but him. Wonderment is our morphine i suppose. All us Americans dream of places. They are our god... our dreams... us perhaps.
Evelyn Miller to John Marston
I am that most worthless of all creatures... a writer. A second guesser of our creator. Dreamer of others' dreams.
Evelyn Miller about his profession
I'm a terrible fraud, sir. Your friend was deceived. I am God's blithe plaything... and what a feeble game he has begun in me.
Miller about his work
Better to die free than in the jaws of a machine.
Evelyn Miller about bear traps
I can't fight my own nature... none of us can.
Evelyn Miller

Trivia

  • In terms of appearance and actions, Evelyn Miller seems to be inspired by the American author Henry David Thoreau, who built a cabin in order to be closer to nature after working at a university.
  • His books can be found and read at the camp, near or inside Dutch's tent.
  • If John doesn't bring food to Miller, upon returning after some time, he will be dead anyway.
  • If John becomes WANTED by the law before initiating the last part of "The American Inferno, Burnt Out" a glitch can occur where Miller will be standing undead in his cabin. This can continue even after the law has been lost and can be seen in the mission cutscene afterward.[1]

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References

  1. File:Red_Dead_Redemption_2_20190502001356.png

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