raines-the ultimate paradox. at times he seems more powerful than either mr. parker or lyle, and at times he appears to be at their mercy. a man with so much power at the center-stemming from his knowledge of the past because as we all know: knowledge is power. he seems to want to get ahead at the center so much, and then you get these extreemly brief and rare moments of human compassion. a man with so much power, yet not able to breath without assistance.