402 is the prisoner occupying the cell next to Rubashov, whose name we never learn. 402 is, from what he says, a reactionary—that is, a supporter of the monarchy that the Revolution dismantled. He has been sentenced to 18 years in prison because of it. He has a crude sense of humor, often fantasizing about women and recruiting Rubashov to join in, but he is also idealistic and believes in honor and a commitment to one’s own beliefs. Despite their wildly divergent politics, 402 and Rubashov become friends in prison, although Rubashov’s decision to capitulate almost destroys their relationship.
No. 402 Quotes in Darkness at Noon
The Darkness at Noon quotes below are all either spoken by No. 402 or refer to No. 402. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribner edition of Darkness at Noon published in 2006.).
The First Hearing: 11 Quotes
“Yet I would do it again,” he said to himself. “It was necessary and right. But do I perhaps owe you the fare all the same? Must one also pay for deeds which were right and necessary?”
No. 402 Character Timeline in Darkness at Noon
The timeline below shows where the character No. 402 appears in Darkness at Noon. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The First Hearing: 8
The First Hearing: 10
The First Hearing: 11
The Second Hearing: 4
...“ARIE, YE WRETCHED OF THE EARTH,” over and over again. Rubashov assumes he’s insane. No. 402, meanwhile, periodically asks Rubashov to talk to him, and he relates dusty old anecdotes of... (full context)
The Second Hearing: 5
...look. Rubashov tries to tap at him in the cell, but he doesn’t answer. No. 402, meanwhile, wants every detail about outside. Each day they’re taken outside, and Rubashov starts to... (full context)
The Second Hearing: 6
The Third Hearing: 2
The Third Hearing: 3
...yearns to be back in a library embarking on revolutionary philosophy: he reflects that No. 402’s understanding of honor belongs to another time, and he longs to write a massive book... (full context)
The Grammatical Fiction: 3