Dark They Were, and Golden Eyed


Ray Bradbury

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The Lieutenant Character Analysis

The Lieutenant arrives on Mars via rocket at the end of the story with the captain, with the goal of rescuing the current settlers and expanding upon the American-built settlement. Like the captain, he is surprised to find the settlement deserted. As the captain rambles on about potential new place names, the Lieutenant appears to be lost in thought and gazes at the misty mountains in the distance—suggesting that he, too, will succumb to the pull of the Martian environment.

The Lieutenant Quotes in Dark They Were, and Golden Eyed

The Dark They Were, and Golden Eyed quotes below are all either spoken by The Lieutenant or refer to The Lieutenant. 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:
Familiarity and Perception Theme Icon
Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed Quotes

“ Lots to be done, Lieutenant.” His voice droned on and quietly on as the sun sank behind the blue hills. “ New settlements. Mining sites, minerals to be looked for. Bacteriological specimens taken. The work, all the work. And the old records were lost. We’ll have a job of remapping to do, renaming the mountains and rivers and such. Calls for a little imagination.

“What do you think of naming those mountains the Lincoln Mountains, this canal the Washington Canal, those hills—we can name those hills for you, Lieutenant. Diplomacy. And you, for a favor, might name a town for me. Polishing the apple. And why not make this the Einstein Valley, and farther over . . . are you listening, Lieutenant?”

The lieutenant snapped his gaze from the blue color and the quiet mist of the hills far beyond the town.

Related Characters: The Captain (speaker), The Lieutenant
Page Number: 298
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The Lieutenant Character Timeline in Dark They Were, and Golden Eyed

The timeline below shows where the character The Lieutenant appears in Dark They Were, and Golden Eyed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed
Memory, Identity, and Language Theme Icon
Colonization, Industry, and Leisure Theme Icon
Five years later, a Captain and Lieutenant from Earth arrive, declaring that they won the war and are there to rescue the... (full context)