Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo

by

George Saunders

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The Man in the Funeral Suit Character Analysis

The man who steps forth for his final judgment after the man in the yellow bathing suit is admitted into heaven. As the Christ-emissary and his helpers judge the funeral-suited man, the Reverend watches in horror, since the judgment does not go well. Indeed, when the large doors behind the Christ-emissary open for the funeral-suited man, the Reverend glimpses into hell itself. Having seen how badly this man fared, the Reverend runs away when the Christ-emissary and his helpers indicate that he himself is bound for an even worse fate.
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The Man in the Funeral Suit Character Timeline in Lincoln in the Bardo

The timeline below shows where the character The Man in the Funeral Suit appears in Lincoln in the Bardo. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 61
Transition and Impermanence Theme Icon
Loss Theme Icon
...he finds himself plunged into a destitute sadness that causes him to suddenly weep as the man in the funeral suit —also weeping—steps forward for judgment. (full context)
Transition and Impermanence Theme Icon
Vice and Virtue Theme Icon
The man in the funeral suit undergoes the same process as the first man, but this time the yellow-footed beings withdraw... (full context)