I am so excited! Today, I get to introduce you to the patriarch of the Hart family, George Washington Hart!
Known as GW, Mr. Hart was my creation, and I just love him. He's a tough man of action, a pioneer, a visionary.
And secretly, he's quite sentimental.
The template I used for GW is the character Boss Spearman from Open Range, played by the inimitable Robert Duvall.
Tough, smart, and with a code of honor he lives by, GW is the father of seven sons and the head of a cattle empire. In a family of strong personalities, he's got a will of iron, and he has the respect of his sons and his community.
But there's another side of GW, a softer, more sentimental side. You see, GW is a romantic, but he lost the love of his life. He is a one-woman man, and his heart belongs to his lovely bride Victoria. He keeps her upstairs parlor exactly as it was when she was alive, and he talks to her portrait, which hangs over the fireplace in the dining room, sharing his concerns and pride over their sons, above all wishing she was there to share their lives once more.
Victoria provided the softness and culture her husband and sons needed on the Texas frontier. She was musically inclined, and saw to it that her sons learned manners and how to treat ladies. Each of her sons has a wonderful sense of chivalry and a high regard for the female of the species as a result of her instruction.
GW had a wonderful marriage, and it is both the memory of this relationship and his desire to see the Hart legacy continue that prompts him to issue his New Year's Day ultimatum that all of his sons must marry within the calendar year or be disinherited.
I had such fun creating GW Hart. I think he fits right into the Hart family. I hope you will love him as much as I do.