Padre Blazon is an old and eccentric member of the Jesuit group of scholars with whom Dunstan studies for a time. Dunstan has a particularly close relationship with Padre Blazon, whose understanding of Christianity, faith, and God is unusual and thoughtful. Padre wishes Jesus had lived to be an old man—for he is an old man himself, and realizes there is nothing in the teachings of Christ that tells us how to be old. He advises Dunstan on how to handle and think about Mrs. Dempster’s sainthood. He dies an elderly but still energetic man, and tells Dunstan on his deathbed that he has finally figured out how to be old.
Padre Blazon Quotes in Fifth Business
The Fifth Business quotes below are all either spoken by Padre Blazon or refer to Padre Blazon. 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 Penguin Classics edition of Fifth Business published in 2001.).
Part 4 Quotes
“What good would it do you if I told you she was indeed a saint? I cannot make saints, nor can the pope. We can only recognize saints when the plainest evidence shows them to be saintly.”
Padre Blazon Character Timeline in Fifth Business
The timeline below shows where the character Padre Blazon appears in Fifth Business. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 4: “Gyges and King Candaules”
Part 6: “The Soirée of Illusions”