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The closest thing Equality 7-2521 has to a friend in the City, International 4-8818 is a humorous, ambitious artist who was forced to abandon his passion when he was assigned to work as a Street Sweeper. International 4-8818 is individualistic enough to cover up Equality 7-2521’s discovery of the tunnel and help him sneak away from nightly entertainment, and Equality 7-2521 plans to recruit him to live in his egocentric colony in the forest.

International 4-8818 Quotes in Anthem

The Anthem quotes below are all either spoken by International 4-8818 or refer to International 4-8818 . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Dover Publications edition of Anthem published in 2014.
Chapter 1 Quotes

International 4-8818 and we are friends. This is an evil thing to say, for it is a transgression, the great Transgression of Preference, to love any among men better than the others, since we must love all men and all men are our friends. So International 4-8818 and we have never spoken of it. But we know. We know, when we look into each other's eyes. And when we look thus without words, we both know other things also, strange things for which there are no words, and these things frighten us.

Related Characters: Equality 7-2521 (speaker), International 4-8818
Page Number: 14
Explanation and Analysis:

As a young man, Equality befriends a man named International 4-8818. In Equality's society, friendship of any kind is a sin, because it violates the principles of collectivism: to be friends with somebody is to prefer them to other people, and therefore to disrespect the basic rules of collectivism.

In general, the passage paints a picture of the contrast between individualism and collectivism. In spite of the fact that Equality's society strives to wipe out all traces of individuality by rewriting the rules of language itself, Equality continues to feel individualistic inclinations. Even if there's no word for the bond between himself and International, both he and International feel the bond. Society may try to wipe out individual thought and love, but in the end, Equality's individualism wins out.


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International 4-8818 Character Timeline in Anthem

The timeline below shows where the character International 4-8818 appears in Anthem. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Power Theme Icon with a weak, sickly Sweeper named Union 5-3992; and a strong, friendly Sweeper named International 4-8818 . International 4-8818 is an aspiring artist with a good sense of humor, but his... (full context)
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...of the “secrets which we have lost.” Equality 7-2521 climbs back up the ladder, and International 4-8818 tells him that they must report their discovery to the City Council. Equality 7-2521 tells... (full context)