Flatland

A Square’s Grandson Character Analysis

The younger of A Square’s two hexagonal grandchildren. He exhibits unusual insight and, thus, perfect angularity. After A Square teaches his grandson the concept of squaring through the geometrical creation of one large square with sides three units long, made from nine individual squares, his grandson inquires about the significance of three-to-the-third—a question that could lead to an understanding of three-dimensional space—and baffles his grandfather. Despite this early spirit of curiosity and insight, A Square’s grandson is later frightened by the authorities of Flatland and retracts his questions about three-to-the-third.

A Square’s Grandson Quotes in Flatland

The Flatland quotes below are all either spoken by A Square’s Grandson or refer to A Square’s Grandson. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Publications edition of Flatland published in 1992.
Chapter 15 Quotes

“Go to bed,” said I, a little ruffled by this interruption: “If you would talk less nonsense, you would remember more sense.”

Related Characters: A Square (speaker), A Square’s Grandson
Page Number: Page 53
Explanation and Analysis:

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A Square’s Grandson Character Timeline in Flatland

The timeline below shows where the character A Square’s Grandson appears in Flatland. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 12
Social Hierarchy and Oppression Theme Icon
Reason vs. Emotion Theme Icon
Knowledge and Truth vs. Dogma Theme Icon
...teaching, A Square confesses that he sees the value of scolding and disciplining on his Grandson’s configuration, although he cannot explain why he thinks that it is so. A Square mentions... (full context)
Chapter 15
Religion, Divinity, and the Unknown Theme Icon
Reason vs. Emotion Theme Icon
Knowledge and Truth vs. Dogma Theme Icon
Analogy as Satire Theme Icon
...1999, A Square is sitting with his Wife and recalling an earlier incident with his Grandson. A Square had been teaching him that 3 to the second power can be represented... (full context)
Reason vs. Emotion Theme Icon
Knowledge and Truth vs. Dogma Theme Icon
A Square exclaims out loud that his Grandson is a fool, and immediately he feels a presence in the room. When A Square... (full context)
Chapter 21
Social Hierarchy and Oppression Theme Icon
Knowledge and Truth vs. Dogma Theme Icon
...He forgoes his plan to begin with his Wife and considers starting with his hexagonal Grandson. His Grandson had already shown his cognitive potential by meditating on 3 to the third... (full context)
Religion, Divinity, and the Unknown Theme Icon
Knowledge and Truth vs. Dogma Theme Icon
...questions about the other night’s encounter with the Sphere. Then he immediately seeks out his Grandson, since he feels that all his experiences and the knowledge he has learned are slowly... (full context)
Social Hierarchy and Oppression Theme Icon
Knowledge and Truth vs. Dogma Theme Icon
A Square’s Grandson hears the Proclamation and begins to cry at his grandfather’s request to repeat what he... (full context)
Chapter 22
Knowledge and Truth vs. Dogma Theme Icon
Analogy as Satire Theme Icon
After failing to enlighten his Grandson, A Square decides to write a treatise on the mysteries of Three Dimensions, which he... (full context)