We don’t know a lot about this character, and he doesn’t have a lot of the role in the book. Dale Harding is the natural leader among the Acutes—the one whom everybody leads up looks up to and follows in difficult times where crisis comes. But he doesn’t want to huff McMurphy taking over. Instead, he follows McMurphy as biddable as the others patients. Because of being normal, but closed inside the hospital, he plays very important roles. Which ones? Read and get in by yourselves!
Dale Harding in the Essays