Inherit the Wind

A dear friend and love interest of Cates’, Rachel Brown, daughter of Reverend Brown, Hillsboro’s “religious leader,” believes that Cates should not have broken the state’s no-evolution law, no matter how silly it seems. She asks Cates repeatedly to admit his guilt and avoid trial. Rachel eventually comes to realize, after being forced to testify against Cates, that people must be given the chance to think for themselves, and to determine what they believe in; Rachel then leaves town, at the play’s end, with Cates.

Rachel Brown Quotes in Inherit the Wind

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Act 1, Scene 1 Quotes

Bert, it’s still not too late. Why can’t you admit you’re wrong? If the biggest man in the country . . . –if Matthew Harrison Brady comes here to tell the whole world how wrong you are . . . .
You still think I did wrong?

Related Characters: Bertram Cates (speaker), Rachel Brown (speaker)
Page Number: 8
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I understand your loyalty, my child. This man, the man in your jailhouse, is a fellow schoolteacher. Likeable, no doubt. And you are loath to speak out against him before all these people. Think of me as a friend, Rachel. And tell me what troubles you.

Related Characters: Matthew Harrison Brady (speaker), Rachel Brown
Page Number: 25
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You make it sound as if Bert is a hero. I’d like to think that, but I can’t. A schoolteacher is a public servant: I th9ink he should do what the law and the school-board want him to.

Related Characters: Rachel Brown (speaker), Bertram Cates
Page Number: 33
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Act 1, Scene 2 Quotes

Mr. Drummond. You’ve got to call the whole thing off. It’s not too late. Bert knows he did wrong. He didn’t mean to. And he’s sorry. Now why can’t he just stand up and say to everybody: “I did wrong. I broke a law. I admit it. I won’t do it again.”

Related Characters: Rachel Brown (speaker), Bertram Cates, Henry Drummond
Page Number: 49
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If you’ll stick by me, Rache—well, we can fight it out.

Related Characters: Bertram Cates (speaker), Rachel Brown
Page Number: 53
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Can they make me testify?
I’m afraid so. It would be nice if nobody ever had to make anybody do anything. But—Don’t let Brady scare you. He only seems to be bigger than the law.

Related Characters: Rachel Brown (speaker), Henry Drummond (speaker), Matthew Harrison Brady
Page Number: 54
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Act 2, Scene 1 Quotes

Do we call down hellfire on the man who has sinned against the Word? . . . Strike down this sinner, as Thou didst Thine enemies of old, in the days of the Pharaohs!
No! No, Father. Don’t pray to destroy Bert!

Related Characters: Rachel Brown (speaker), Reverend Jeremiah Brown (speaker), Bertram Cates
Page Number: 66
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Act 2, Scene 2 Quotes

Tommy Stebbins used to come over to the boarding house and look through Bert’s microscope. Bert said the boy had a quick mind, and he might even be a scientist when he grew up. At the funeral, Pa preached that Tommy didn’t die in a state of grace, because his folks had never had him baptized . . . .
Tell ‘em what your father really said! That Tommy’s soul was damned, writhing in hellfire!

Related Characters: Bertram Cates (speaker), Rachel Brown (speaker), Reverend Jeremiah Brown, Tommy Stebbins
Page Number: 76
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“God created Man in His own image—and Man, being a gentleman, returned the compliment.”

Related Characters: Rachel Brown (speaker), Bertram Cates
Page Number: 79
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Act 3, Scene 1 Quotes

You see, I haven’t really thought very much. I was always afraid of what I might think—so it seemed safer not to think at all. But now I know. A thought is like a child inside our body. It has to be born. If it dies inside you, part of you dies, too!

Related Characters: Rachel Brown (speaker)
Page Number: 124
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Rachel Brown Character Timeline in Inherit the Wind

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Melinda exits and Rachel Brown enters. Rachel is 22 and a teacher at the local school. She notices Howard,... (full context)
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Cates is happy to see Rachel, but believes she has put herself in a difficult position with her father by coming... (full context)
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Rachel tells Cates that Matthew Harrison Brady, the “second most-powerful man in America, after the President,”... (full context)
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Rachel reminds Cates that there is a law against teaching evolution, and Cates says he knew... (full context)
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...that the Lord “gives the heat, and gives us glands to sweat with.” Reverend Brown, Rachel’s father, enters, says hello to Krebs and the Storekeeper, and asks why the banner isn’t... (full context)
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Brady, after eating, asks the crowd whether Cates is a “criminal by nature.” Rachel, who emerges from the sea of townspeople, answers that he is a good man, and... (full context)
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But Brady, returning to the party after conversing with Rachel, is told of Drummond’s arrival, and after a moment’s pause, he remarks that the town... (full context)
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...party ends, Brady thanks the Reverend Brown for the warm conversation he has had with Rachel—Brady implies that Rachel has given him key insight into Cates’ character, but Rachel looks nervous... (full context)
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Rachel asks after Meeker but cannot find him in the empty courthouse. Hornbeck enters after Rachel... (full context)
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But Rachel tells Hornbeck that Cates, as a teacher, is a public servant, and public servants ought... (full context)
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...more for his own self-aggrandizement than for the sake of the “common man.” Hornbeck tells Rachel that the times have changed, and that the modern world no longer has room for... (full context)
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...Judge is seated before the court: Brady sits with Davenport and Drummond sits with Cates. Rachel sits nervously in the courtroom, and Hornbeck is perched on a ledge, observing all. Davenport... (full context)
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As people file out of the courtroom, Rachel comes up to Drummond and Cates, and tells Drummond that he and Cates should “call... (full context)
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...that, because Cates has “slayed” people’s ideas of God and religion, they’ve become especially angry—and Rachel responds to Drummond’s apparent mirth, at Cates’ expense, to wonder aloud if Drummond hasn’t taken... (full context)
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Although Rachel wants Cates to throw in the towel, Cates, after thinking for a moment, agrees with... (full context)
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Cates, as he’s being led away by Meeker, implies that the questions he asked in Rachel’s presence—questions about the nature of God and religion—are questions that, if Rachel repeats them, will... (full context)
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Drummond informs Rachel that the court can force her to testify, but he tells Rachel not to be... (full context)
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...whether they believe that sinners, in their midst, will be punished and destroyed by God. Rachel yells to her father not to damn Cates, as he is implying, to Hell, but... (full context)
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Howard is excused by the Judge, and Rachel is brought to testify. Brady begins questioning her, asking if she and Cates attend the... (full context)
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Brady then questions Rachel about some of the things Cates said to her, in private, regarding the nature of... (full context)
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Rachel admits that Cates said to her, once, that “God created man in his image—and man,... (full context)
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Although Drummond wishes to cross-examine Rachel, Rachel is so upset that Cates asks Drummond simply to let her leave the box,... (full context)
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Rachel also arrives and speaks to Cates, saying that she is leaving her father’s house, and... (full context)
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Drummond then says to Cates and to Rachel that he ought to be going, and when Cates says he can help Drummond pay... (full context)