Journey’s End

by

R.C. Sherriff

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Hardy Character Analysis

The second-in-command officer stationed in Stanhope’s trenches before Osborne and his group take over. Before Hardy leaves, he overlaps with Osborne so that he can “hand off” the duties and fill Osborne in on anything he might need to know before his six-day shift. Hardy is a good-natured but rather sloppy man who can’t wait to vacate the trenches—so much so that he leaves them dirty, failing to clean them like he’s supposed to. While “handing off,” he and Osborne talk about Stanhope, and Hardy expresses his admiration for the man’s ability to drink large quantities. He also suggests that Osborne should be the one leading the infantry, but Osborne brushes this off, saying that he’d “go to hell with” Stanhope if he had to.

Hardy Quotes in Journey’s End

The Journey’s End quotes below are all either spoken by Hardy or refer to Hardy. 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 Penguin edition of Journey’s End published in 1929.
Act 1 Quotes

OSBORNE: He’s a long way the best company commander we’ve got.

HARDY: Oh, he’s a good chap, I know. But I never did see a youngster put away the whisky he does. D’you know, the last time we were out resting at Valennes he came to supper with us and drank a whole bottle in one hour fourteen minutes—we timed him.

OSBORNE: I suppose it amused everybody; I suppose everybody cheered him on, and said what a splendid achievement it was.

HARDY: He didn’t want any ‘cheering’ on—

OSBORNE: No, but everybody thought it was a big thing to do. [There is a pause.] Didn’t they?

HARDY: Well, you can’t help, somehow, admiring a fellow who can do that—and then pick out his own hat all by himself and walk home—

OSBORNE: When a boy like Stanhope gets a reputation out here for drinking, he turns into a kind of freak show exhibit. People pay with a bottle of whisky for the morbid curiosity of seeing him drink it.

Related Characters: Osborne (speaker), Hardy (speaker), Stanhope
Page Number: 12
Explanation and Analysis:
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Hardy Character Timeline in Journey’s End

The timeline below shows where the character Hardy appears in Journey’s End. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
Anticipation, Expectations, and Uncertainty Theme Icon
Repitition, Futility, and Perspective Theme Icon
It is Monday, March 18th, 1918, and Captain Hardy is drying his wet sock over a candle flame. He sits in the dugout of... (full context)
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Hardy mentions to Osborne that “the big German attack’s expected any day now,” and Osborne points... (full context)
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Anticipation, Expectations, and Uncertainty Theme Icon
Fear and Coping Theme Icon
Osborne tells Hardy they’re expecting a new officer, and Hardy says, “I hope you get better luck than... (full context)
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Anticipation, Expectations, and Uncertainty Theme Icon
Fear and Coping Theme Icon
...it till his nerves have got battered to bits, he’s called a drunkard,” says Osborne. Hardy tells a story about how Stanhope recently had an argument while playing cards and suddenly... (full context)
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Just before Hardy leaves, he pauses and looks at the table. “Why, that earwig. It’s been running round... (full context)
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...into the kitchen to bring out soup. The first thing Stanhope does is ask if Hardy left without cleaning the trenches. Then he sees Raleigh, and he doesn’t know what to... (full context)