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''The Cone Gathers'' is a novel by Scottish writer Robin Jenkins, first published in 1955.

Calum and Neil are Cone Gatherers who work in the forest of a Scottish estate during the Autumn of 1943, gathering cones that will replenish the forest. They incur the wrath of Duror, the groundskeeper, who is especially repulsed by Calum's hunched back. Their only friend is Roderick Campbell, son of the aristocratic landowner, while his mother Lady Runcie-Campbell dislikes the brothers and avoids communicating with them.

The story has heavy elements of [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Religion]], Class and the concept of [[BlackAndWhiteMorality Good and evil.]] It is a common book for the Scottish higher curriculum.

!!Contains examples of:

* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:The deer drive is this as well as Duror's rumour.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Duror]]
* FatalFlaw: Calum is a hunchback, not deadly in itself, but it is when he meets Duror.
* MoralityPet: Tulloch to Lady Runcie Cambell.
* NoodleIncident: Duror and the naked doll.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Duror feels it is.
* SecondHandStorytelling: The NoodleIncident with the doll becomes this when Duror tells his lie to Lady Runcie-Cambell.
* StartOfDarkness: Duror at the start of the novel,[[FromBadToWorse he gets progressively worse.]]
* TragicVillain: Duror
* IronicEcho
* TragicIrony: Tons of it.
* DeathByDisfigurement: Calum in an interesting version. He's always been disfigured, but it's his good looks on his face which ultimately spells doom for him.

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