Evans Tries an O-Level


Colin Dexter

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The Silent Prison Officer Character Analysis

The silent prison officer who escorts McLeery inside the prison initially seems inconsequential, but is later revealed to be one of Evans’s many accomplices. The officer is either posing as another prison officer or actually works at the prison—the story never makes this distinction—but is particularly instrumental in Evans’s second escape from the Governor’s clutches. Right in front of the Governor’s eyes, the silent prison officer handcuffs Evans and loads him into a prison van, presumably about to take him back to Oxford Prison. Once the van pulls away from the Governor, however, the silent prison officer snaps at the driver—whose thick Scottish accent betrays that he’s the fake McLeery—to drive faster so that they don’t get caught.

The Silent Prison Officer Quotes in Evans Tries an O-Level

The Evans Tries an O-Level quotes below are all either spoken by The Silent Prison Officer or refer to The Silent Prison Officer . 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:
Intelligence and Deception Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the National Council of Education Research and Training edition of Evans Tries an O-Level published in 2015.
Evans Tries an O-Level Quotes

“See you soon, Evans.” It was almost as if the Governor were saying farewell to an old friend after a cocktail party.

“Cheerio, sir. I, er, I was just wonderin’. I know your German’s pretty good, sir, but do you know any more o’ these modern languages?”

“Not very well. Why?”

Evans settled himself comfortably on the back seat, and grinned happily. “Nothin’, really. I just ‘appened to notice that you’ve got some O-level Italian classes comin’ up next September, that’s all.”

“Perhaps you won’t be with us next September, Evans.”

James Roderick Evans appeared to ponder the Governor’s words deeply. “No. P’r’aps I won’t,” he said.

Related Characters: The Governor (speaker), James Evans (speaker), The Silent Prison Officer
Page Number: 91
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The Silent Prison Officer Character Timeline in Evans Tries an O-Level

The timeline below shows where the character The Silent Prison Officer appears in Evans Tries an O-Level. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Evans Tries an O-Level
Instinct, Paranoia, and Pride Theme Icon
Once at the prison, Reverend Stuart McLeery signs in and follows a silent prison officer , who then hands him off to Jackson, who hands him off to Stephens. Meanwhile,... (full context)
Appearances vs. Reality Theme Icon
Friendship Theme Icon
...gives her a wink, and she winks back, which “almost ma[kes] his day.” Outside, a silent prison officer handcuffs Evans and loads him into the van. (full context)
Intelligence and Deception Theme Icon
Appearances vs. Reality Theme Icon
Friendship Theme Icon
As the prison van merges onto the road, the silent prison officer who had loaded Evans into the van sharply tells the driver to speed up—“It won’t... (full context)