Blood Meridian


Cormac McCarthy

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A prophet whom the kid, Earl, and second corporal encounter while drinking in a bar in Bexar, the Mennonite warns the three men against joining Captain White on his undertaking, for he fears that White’s invasion of Mexico will wake the wrath of God. The kid and his companions berate the Mennonite and swear at him; but his prophecy comes true nonetheless.

The Mennonite Quotes in Blood Meridian

The Blood Meridian quotes below are all either spoken by The Mennonite or refer to The Mennonite. 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:
Warfare and Domination Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Blood Meridian published in 1992.
Chapter 3 Quotes

The wrath of God lies sleeping. It was hid a million years before men were and only men have power to wake it. Hell aint half full. Hear me. Ye carry war of a madman’s making onto a foreign land. Ye’ll wake more than the dogs.

Related Characters: The Mennonite (speaker), Captain White
Page Number: 39
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Mennonite Character Timeline in Blood Meridian

The timeline below shows where the character The Mennonite appears in Blood Meridian. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
Fate Theme Icon
Religion and Ritual Theme Icon
...comrades wander the streets before entering a cantina. They order whiskey, drink, order more. A Mennonite at the bar shakes his head and speaks to them, warning that the United States... (full context)
Warfare and Domination Theme Icon
Fate Theme Icon
The kid and his two companions berate the Mennonite who moves away, muttering. The three drink and drunkenly quarrel with other patrons. In the... (full context)