Inherit the Wind

The Judge, like Davenport, seems not to want evolution taught in schools, but he, too—this time under the Mayor’s influence—is willing to give Cates a light sentence, in order to avoid attracting national attention to Hillsboro. The Judge does not seem to understand evolution, but he does understand that public opinion regarding the coexistence of religion and science is changing, becoming more progressive, and the Judge is willing to allow that perhaps this coexistence is not all bad.

The Judge Quotes in Inherit the Wind

The Inherit the Wind quotes below are all either spoken by The Judge or refer to The Judge. 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 and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Ballantine Books edition of Inherit the Wind published in 2003.
Act 2, Scene 2 Quotes

In this community, Colonel Drummond . . . the language of the law is clear; we do not need experts to question the validity of a law that is already on the books.
In other words, the court rules out any expert testimony on Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species or Descent of Man?
The court so rules.

Related Characters: Henry Drummond (speaker), The Judge (speaker)
Page Number: 83
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Act 3, Scene 1 Quotes

The jury’s decision is unanimous. Bertram Cates is found guilty as charged!

Related Characters: The Judge (speaker), Bertram Cates
Page Number: 113
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The Judge Character Timeline in Inherit the Wind

The timeline below shows where the character The Judge appears in Inherit the Wind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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The scene opens with the trial, which is the jury-summoning phase. The Judge is seated before the court: Brady sits with Davenport and Drummond sits with Cates. Rachel... (full context)
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...smirking, says this works for him—he agrees to have Bannister on the jury, and the Judge permits Bannister to enter the jury-box. (full context)
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Brady moves, to the Judge, to ask if men in the court can take off their jackets, since it is... (full context)
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When Brady is referred to by the Judge and others as Colonel, Drummond again objects, stating that it is prejudicial that Brady was... (full context)
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...argument, since he seems less fervently Christian than the other jurors. Brady argues, to the Judge, that Sillers is not representative of the town; Drummond accuses Brady of wanting to run... (full context)
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The Judge tells both Drummond and Brady to stop—he states that the jury has been set, and... (full context)
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Drummond asks Howard whether it’s wrong that Darwin thought up his theory of evolution—the Judge temporarily stops Drummond, saying that one’s right to think is not on trial in the... (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... (full context)
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...Drummond objects that these discussions are hearsay and therefore not admissible as evidence, but the Judge permits Brady to continue questioning. (full context)
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...stand, to explain the theory of evolution to the courtroom. But Brady objects, and the Judge admits he can see no reason to allow such an expert to speak—Brady claims that... (full context)
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The Judge seems to agree with Brady, saying that the experts’ testimony—and Drummond has brought along fifteen... (full context)
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...evolution would be bolstered by a testimony of the scientific basis for this theory, the Judge counters that, because Hillsboro already has a law banning the teaching of evolution, the case... (full context)
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...Bible—Brady, his opponent. Drummond is pursuing a stratagem that he is inventing on the fly—the Judge, though he considers Drummond’s question unorthodox, believes it is allowable for Brady, the prosecutor, to... (full context)
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Brady has no quick answer for Drummond, but Davenport yells, objecting to the Judge, that Drummond is trying to ruin this Christian audience and convince them not to believe... (full context)
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...him. Drummond stops his questioning and says Brady can be dismissed; Brady gasps as the Judge excuses him from the stand, and Brady begins, nearly overcome with rage and embarrassment, naming... (full context)
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A radio man asks the Judge if the verdict can be broadcast live from the courtroom, and the Judge agrees. The... (full context)
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...an unjust law, and he plans to fight that conviction. He trails off, and the Judge announces that the punishment of Cates will be, simply, a $100 fine. Brady believes this... (full context)
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Brady says that he has a few remarks, but Drummond and the Judge say that these remarks, for the town and broadcast over radio, can occur in the... (full context)
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The Judge comes back in to announce that Brady has died. Drummond is greatly saddened by his... (full context)
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...copy of Darwin’s writings, and there is a copy of the Bible left on the Judge’s bench. Drummond takes each book, balances them in his hands “as if they’re scales,” and... (full context)