No Country for Old Men

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The Young Hitchhiker Character Analysis

A young woman Moss picks up on the shoulder of the highway, the young hitchhiker is on her way to California. She and Moss have existential conversations about running from problems, and the inability to escape the past. She tries to tempt Moss into a sexual interaction, but Moss remains faithful to Carla Jean. After Moss gives her a thousand dollars, she says she has always been lucky, but Moss tells her eventually her luck will run out. In the end, Moss is right. Two Mexican men searching for the briefcase full of money kill the young woman along with Moss.

The Young Hitchhiker Quotes in No Country for Old Men

The No Country for Old Men quotes below are all either spoken by The Young Hitchhiker or refer to The Young Hitchhiker. 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 Vintage edition of No Country for Old Men published in 2006.
Chapter 8 Quotes

The point is there aint no point.

Related Characters: The Young Hitchhiker (speaker), Loretta Bell
Page Number: 227
Explanation and Analysis:

In this chapter, Llewellyn Moss crosses paths with a young female hitchhiker. They drive together, not even bothering to share names. In the car, Moss begins to talk about the "one who follows"--a figure whom the young woman thinks is God, but whom we know to be Anton Chigurh. Eventually, the young woman asks Moss what's the point of his ramblings--Moss responds that there is no point.

The quote encapsulates the bleak nihilism of the novel. There is no "point"--no moral or intellectual meaning--inlife, Moss seems to suggest. He's going to die because he's stolen money from drug dealers, and there's basically nothing he can do about it except wait for death.

And yet Moss's quote suggests that there is a kind of freedom in accepting that life has no point. Moss seems to be accepting his fate, where before he tried to avoid it by running away. Moss's observation also sums up Chigurh's nihilistic philosophy. Chigurh doesn't believe in religion or philosophy of any kind--and yet his lack of belief becomes a kind of religion, a belief in the power of chance and randomness that acts as Chigurh's guiding principle. In short, at the end of his life, Moss seems to accept some of the same depressing ideas about life that Chigurh upholds.

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The Young Hitchhiker Character Timeline in No Country for Old Men

The timeline below shows where the character The Young Hitchhiker appears in No Country for Old Men. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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...and pays for it in cash. At the onramp at Borne, he picks up a young woman who is hitchhiking. She gets in the truck, and Moss thinks she is about fifteen... (full context)
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The young woman asks if Moss is running from the law. Moss asks, “what if I was?” If... (full context)
Chapter 8
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The narrative then moves to Moss and the young woman. They sit in a restaurant, talking. She asks him if he is injured because he... (full context)
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Moss and the young woman drive until after dark. They pull into a truck stop, and once inside they order... (full context)
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The young woman says she doesn’t like to think about the deep questions Moss is presenting to her.... (full context)
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Moss and the young woman go to a motel in Van Horn, and Moss gets them each a room. Moss... (full context)
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Later in the conversation, the young woman says she has a feeling she should be afraid of Moss, but she isn’t. Moss... (full context)