A Sound of Thunder

by

Ray Bradbury

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Company agent Character Analysis

An unnamed official who greets Mr. Eckels when he first arrives at Time Safari, Inc., as well as when he returns from the safari. He emphasizes the danger of the trip and the company’s lack of liability for any harm Eckels may suffer. He also discusses the presidential election with Eckels, giving a description of Deutscher as an “anti-everything man.”

Company agent Quotes in A Sound of Thunder

The A Sound of Thunder quotes below are all either spoken by Company agent or refer to Company agent. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the William Morrow edition of A Sound of Thunder published in 2005.
A Sound of Thunder Quotes

“Makes you think. If the election had gone badly yesterday, I might be here now running away from the results. Thank God Keith won. He’ll make a fine President of the United States.”

“Yes,” said the man behind the desk. “We’re lucky. If Deutscher had gotten in, we’d have the worst kind of dictatorship. There’s an anti-everything man for you, a militarist, anti-Christ, anti-human, anti-intellectual…”

Related Characters: Mr. Eckels (speaker), Company agent (speaker)
Page Number: 212
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“Who won the presidential election yesterday?”

The man behind the desk laughed. “You joking? You know very well. Deutscher, of course! Who else? Not that fool weakling Keith. We got an iron man now, a man with guts!”

Related Characters: Mr. Eckels (speaker), Company agent (speaker)
Page Number: 223
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Company agent Character Timeline in A Sound of Thunder

The timeline below shows where the character Company agent appears in A Sound of Thunder. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...of ten thousand dollars. Eckels feels phlegm gather in his throat as he asks the company agent behind the reception desk whether the company guarantees he will come back alive. The agent... (full context)
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Eckels makes small talk with the company agent while waiting, discussing the recent presidential election in the United States. Eckels expresses relief that... (full context)
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The company agent asks Eckels to sign a release, reminding him that the dinosaurs he’s going to hunt... (full context)
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The company agent hands Eckels over to the safari guide Mr. Travis, although it is unclear whether Eckels... (full context)
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When they arrive, Travis observes the office with suspicion. Assured by the company agent that everything is alright, he orders Eckels to leave and never come back. Eckels, however,... (full context)
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...of dominoes, wondering how something so small could change the future. Panicking, he asks the company agent about the election results and learns that Deutscher has now won. (full context)