Inherit the Wind

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George Sillers Character Analysis

Another religious man called to the jury, Sillers admits that his wife does most of his “religious” thinking for him—Drummond approves him, as do Brady and Davenport initially. But the latter two worry that Drummond will be able to “warp” Sillers with Drummond’s own progressive ideas, since Sillers seems not overly concerned with religious matters—he’s mostly involved with running his business.

George Sillers Quotes in Inherit the Wind

The Inherit the Wind quotes below are all either spoken by George Sillers or refer to George Sillers. 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 Ballantine Books edition of Inherit the Wind published in 2003.
Act 1, Scene 2 Quotes

Well, I’m pretty busy down at the feed store. My wife tends to the religion for both of us.
In other words, you take care of this life, and your wife takes care of the next one?

Related Characters: Henry Drummond (speaker), George Sillers (speaker)
Page Number: 45
Explanation and Analysis:

Drummond examines George Sillers in the witness box toward the beginning of the trial, to see if he can be a part of the jury. Drummond is making the point that there are some people in Hillsboro for whom religion is more of a background concern, and less of a primary one. Brady's religious posturing has been ostentatious and over-the-top, and Rachel's father teaches plainly that religion is of the utmost importance in people's lives, but here Drummond implies here that these are not necessarily the views of everyone in town.

The logic of Drummond's point is powerful. If there are those in town for whom religion is not the defining feature of life and law, then there are people who might be more open to the teaching of evolution in the schools, as Cates has done. 

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George Sillers Character Timeline in Inherit the Wind

The timeline below shows where the character George Sillers appears in Inherit the Wind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 2
Science vs. Religion Theme Icon
Oratory, Performance, and Public Speaking Theme Icon
Morality, Justice, and Truth Theme Icon
Open-Mindedness vs. Closed-Mindedness Theme Icon
A townsman named George Sillers, who runs the feed store, is called to testify as a potential juror. Davenport accepts... (full context)
Science vs. Religion Theme Icon
Oratory, Performance, and Public Speaking Theme Icon
Morality, Justice, and Truth Theme Icon
Open-Mindedness vs. Closed-Mindedness Theme Icon
Drummond, satisfied by this, accepts Sillers to the jury, but Davenport and Brady both worry that Sillers might be more open... (full context)