Our Country’s Good

by

Timberlake Wertenbaker

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Henry Kable Character Analysis

A convict in the penal colony. Although Ralph casts him in The Recruiting Officer, Kable runs away on the same day as the first rehearsal. Taking Black Caesar, John Arscott, and three other prisoners with him, he sets off into the woods, but he and the unnamed other three convicts are the only ones to successfully escape. In the aftermath of this event, Liz is accused of having helped Kable steal food before the journey, though this didn’t really happen.

Henry Kable Quotes in Our Country’s Good

The Our Country’s Good quotes below are all either spoken by Henry Kable or refer to Henry Kable. 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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Act Two, Scene One Quotes

WISEHAMMER. I am innocent. I didn’t do it and I’ll keep saying I didn’t.

LIZ. It doesn’t matter what you say. If they say you’re a thief, you’re a thief.

WISEHAMMER. I am not a thief. I’ll go back to England to the snuff shop of Rickett and Loads and say, see, I’m back, I’m innocent.

LIZ. They won’t listen.

WISEHAMMER. You can’t live if you think that way.

Page Number: 67
Explanation and Analysis:

MARY. Liz, we’ve come to rehearse the play.

WISEHAMMER. Rehearse the play?

DUCKLING. The Lieutenant has gone to talk to the Governor. Harry said we could come see you.

MARY. The Lieutenant has asked me to stand in his place so we don’t lose time. We’ll start with the first scene between Melinda and Brazen.

WISEHAMMER. How can I play Captain Brazen in chains?

MARY. This is the theatre. We will believe you.

Page Number: 69
Explanation and Analysis:
Act Two, Scene Seven Quotes

When I say Kite’s lines I forget everything else. I forget the judge said I’m going to have to spend the rest of my natural life in this place getting beaten and working like a slave. I can forget that out there it’s trees and burnt grass, spiders that kill you in four hours and snakes. I don’t have to think about what happened to Kable, I don’t have to remember the things I’ve done, when I speak Kite’s lines I don’t hate anymore.

Related Characters: John Arscott (speaker), Dabby Bryant, Henry Kable
Page Number: 85
Explanation and Analysis:
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Henry Kable Character Timeline in Our Country’s Good

The timeline below shows where the character Henry Kable appears in Our Country’s Good. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act One, Scene Eleven
Punishment and Rehabilitation Theme Icon
Theater, Liberation, and Unity Theme Icon
...two women begin to verbally spar. Meanwhile, Ralph tries to proceed but notices that Henry Kable and John Arscott (two other convicts he cast) aren’t present, though he notes that Arscott... (full context)
Punishment and Rehabilitation Theme Icon
Theater, Liberation, and Unity Theme Icon
...and Captain Campbell barge in and inform Ralph that five prisoners—including John Arscott and Henry Kable—have run away during the rehearsal. Ralph tries to point out that the play has nothing... (full context)
Punishment and Rehabilitation Theme Icon
Theater, Liberation, and Unity Theme Icon
...claims that she was seen near the colony’s food supply the previous night with Henry Kable. “You will be tried for stealing from the stores,” he declares. “You know the punishment?... (full context)
Act Two, Scene Ten
Punishment and Rehabilitation Theme Icon
Governance and Justice Theme Icon
...however, is flimsy,” Collins admits, and though Ross points out that she was seen with Kable near the food supply, Collins says that the soldier who supposedly saw this was intoxicated... (full context)
Punishment and Rehabilitation Theme Icon
Governance and Justice Theme Icon
...court” if he thinks she’s innocent. “Did you steal that food with the escaped prisoner Kable?” he asks, but she doesn’t respond. To encourage her, Ralph tells her that nobody will... (full context)