Inherit the Wind

A muckraking, progressive reporter from the Baltimore Herald, Hornbeck a wry, skeptical man distrustful of all religions and of religious bombast generally. Hornbeck supports Cates and finds religious believers to be inherently stupid—Drummond later criticizes Hornbeck for his desire only to criticize, and Hornbeck, happy that Brady has been defeated, returns to Baltimore. (This role is inspired in part by the real-life reporter and writer H. L. Mencken.)

E. K. Hornbeck Quotes in Inherit the Wind

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Act 1, Scene 1 Quotes

The unplumbed and plumbing-less depths! Ah, Hillsboro—Heavenly Hillsboro. The buckle on the Bible Belt.

Related Characters: E. K. Hornbeck (speaker)
Page Number: 15
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Hello, Devil. Welcome to Hell.

Related Characters: E. K. Hornbeck (speaker), Henry Drummond
Page Number: 36
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Act 3, Scene 1 Quotes

He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise in heart.
We’re growing an odd crop of agnostics this year!

Related Characters: E. K. Hornbeck (speaker), Henry Drummond (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Wind
Page Number: 126
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E. K. Hornbeck Character Timeline in Inherit the Wind

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Act 1, Scene 1
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A man named Hornbeck, a reporter from the same Baltimore paper to which Cates has written, walks on-stage. Mrs.... (full context)
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Elijah offers Hornbeck a Bible, but Hornbeck declines, buying a hot dog from a vendor instead, and saying... (full context)
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As the townspeople rush to greet Brady at the platform, Hornbeck asks the Storekeeper whether he has an opinion on evolution; the Storekeeper responds that “opinions... (full context)
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...does not yet know, but he thinks this attorney will stand no chance against Brady. Hornbeck enters this conversation and tells the Mayor and Davenport, along with others gathered around, that... (full context)
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...at his hotel; the party breaks up. Rachel goes to the courthouse, now lit, and Hornbeck follows behind her, watching. (full context)
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Rachel asks after Meeker but cannot find him in the empty courthouse. Hornbeck enters after Rachel and begins to speak with her. He shows a draft of an... (full context)
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But Rachel tells Hornbeck that Cates, as a teacher, is a public servant, and public servants ought to do... (full context)
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But Hornbeck responds that Brady only pretends to be a champion of the people; Hornbeck implies that... (full context)
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...Melinda screams as she sees a shadow walking toward the town from the station—a man Hornbeck identifies as Drummond, but whom Melinda calls the Devil. Hornbeck jokingly welcomes Drummond, “the Devil,”... (full context)
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...sits with Davenport and Drummond sits with Cates. Rachel sits nervously in the courtroom, and Hornbeck is perched on a ledge, observing all. Davenport asks a potential juror, a townsman named... (full context)
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Brady runs into Hornbeck, the Baltimore reporter, and tells him he has read his progressive, anti-religious, “biased” commentary, and... (full context)
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The scene opens as Hornbeck buzzes around Brady and Drummond, asking them how they feel about the trial—but both men... (full context)
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...foreman reports that the jury has found Cates, unanimously, guilty of the charges against him. Hornbeck shouts out that the court, and the town, have returned to the Middle Ages, and... (full context)
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...Drummond appears to feel sorry for this apoplectic Brady, as he is taken outside, but Hornbeck claims, in an aside to the audience, that Brady is nothing more than an overgrown... (full context)
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...won—that he’s “smashed a bad law.” Meeker announces that Cates can leave jail right now—that Hornbeck has put up the 500 dollars bail to allow him his freedom, compliments of the... (full context)
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...in to announce that Brady has died. Drummond is greatly saddened by his death, but Hornbeck seems to rejoice, thinking that the world is rid of a loud, obnoxious man. But... (full context)
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...to the wise in heart.” Drummond says that “there was greatness” in Brady, and when Hornbeck makes fun of Drummond, an agnostic, for quoting from the Bible, Drummond counters that Hornbeck... (full context)
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Hornbeck believes that Drummond is being too kind to Brady, but Drummond counters that Brady was... (full context)