Gideon Mack is the novel’s protagonist. He is a Church of Scotland minister who does not believe in God.
A key part of understanding his character is through his meeting with the Devil. Whether the Devil is real, or an aspect of Gideon's own character, is uncertain.
There are two main sources of information relating to the character of Gideon Mack:
The report reflects the public face of Gideon. We get the impression that Gideon was generally seen as being an
decent person in Monimaskit.
However, his story about meeting the Devil is widely perceived to be the fantasy of a man who had either gone
insane or suffered a nervous breakdown due to his accident at the Black Jaws gorge. Some think that the shock and trauma of what he went through left him
Importantly, Gideon wrote his manuscript in the months following his accident. Therefore, if he was mentally ill or suffering from trauma at the time then its accuracy and reliability may be questionable.
However, we do discover valuable information about Gideon’s life, his development as a person, his character traits and his reaction to the recent events that had such a profound impact on him
If this story of mine reaches further afield, perhaps others will recognise the truth of it."