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Colonel Martin Character Analysis

A British colonel in Suriname, he is very well-respected amongst the colonists and is a dear friend of Oroonoko, who trusts his judgment like a child trusts a parent. Colonel Martin deplores the actions Byam takes against Oroonoko and tries to encourage Oroonoko to give up his vendetta against Byam.

Colonel Martin Quotes in Oroonoko

The Oroonoko quotes below are all either spoken by Colonel Martin or refer to Colonel Martin. 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:
Racism Theme Icon
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Colonel Martin Character Timeline in Oroonoko

The timeline below shows where the character Colonel Martin appears in Oroonoko. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
5. Oroonoko’s Revenge
Honor Theme Icon
...very far when the news of Caesar’s whipping reaches them. On the river, they meet Colonel Martin , a great friend of Caesar’s, who is very angry to hear about his mistreatment.... (full context)
Racism Theme Icon
Betrayal Theme Icon
Around this time, the narrator falls ill and leaves Parham House to stay at Colonel Martin ’s. While she is away, Byam sends Trefry on a hoax errand upriver. Then a... (full context)
Freedom and Slavery Theme Icon
...body to the chief plantations of the colony—hoping to scare the other slaves into subservience. Colonel Martin , for his part, refuses his share of Caesar’s body, and swears he would rather... (full context)