Out of the Silent Planet

Dick Devine Character Analysis

A businessman who works with Dr. Weston and an old schoolmate of Ransom’s, Devine is motivated only by greed and hopes to settle Mars (Malacandra) so that humans can take advantage of the deposits of gold there. Oyarsa describes Devine as “broken,” completely consumed by his materialistic desires such that there is no more humanity left in him. Devine represents a life of secular and hedonistic pleasure, which takes no account of morality or the greater good.

Dick Devine Quotes in Out of the Silent Planet

The Out of the Silent Planet quotes below are all either spoken by Dick Devine or refer to Dick Devine. 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 Scribner edition of Out of the Silent Planet published in 2003.
Chapter 1 Quotes

There was something about the whole scene suspicious enough and disagreeable enough to convince him that he had blundered on something criminal, while on the other hand he had all the deep, irrational conviction of his age and class that such things could never cross the path of an ordinary person except in fiction and could least of all be associated with professors and old school-fellows. Even if they had been ill-treating the boy Ransom did not see much chance of getting him from them by force.

Related Characters: Lewis (The Narrator) (speaker), Dr. Elwin Ransom, Dr. Weston, Dick Devine
Page Number: 15
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 18 Quotes

They thought I wanted one of your race to eat and went to fetch one. If they had come a few miles to see me I would have received them honourably; now they have twice gone a voyage of millions of miles for nothing and will appear before me none the less. And you also, Ransom of Thulcandra, you have taken many vain troubles to avoid standing where you stand now.

Related Characters: Oyarsa (speaker), Dr. Elwin Ransom, Dr. Weston, Dick Devine
Page Number: 121
Explanation and Analysis:

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Dick Devine Character Timeline in Out of the Silent Planet

The timeline below shows where the character Dick Devine appears in Out of the Silent Planet. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...The Rise. The Rise is where her son, Harry, works for a businessman named Mr. Devine and a professor whose name the woman does not know. The woman seems very upset... (full context)
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...exclaims that he knows Ransom from Wedenshaw Secondary School. The thinner man reintroduces himself as Devine, and Ransom suddenly recognizes Devine as a schoolmate that he did not like. Devine then... (full context)
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Devine happily explains to Ransom that Harry is prone to fits, and says that he and... (full context)
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After a hushed conversation with Weston, Devine tells Harry that he doesn’t need a bath and is free to go. Harry sobs... (full context)
Chapter 2
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Ransom comes in to Weston and Devine’s sitting room, remembering again how little he liked Devine at school. Everyone at Wedenshaw and... (full context)
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Ransom gratefully waits to be handed a drink, but Devine gets distracted asking why Ransom is in this part of the country. Ransom explains that... (full context)
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Devine suddenly notices that the whiskey bottle is empty and gets Ransom a glass of water.... (full context)
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...might have bearing on future events in the novel. Ransom dreams that he, Weston, and Devine are trying to climb over a wall to get out of a bright, pretty garden.... (full context)
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Ransom regains consciousness and realizes he has been drugged. Over Ransom’s head, Devine tells Weston that Ransom will “do quite as well as the boy.” Weston says he... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Ransom tries to get more information about Malacandra from Devine, who is far more talkative than Weston, but Devine usually talks only of the things... (full context)
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...he can spend hours just staring in awe out the space ship windows. Weston and Devine explain this feeling away, claiming that the incredible feelings of health are simply from solar... (full context)
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...over cooking on the ship. One night, while washing up the dinner dishes, he overhears Devine’s side of a conversation with Weston, who assumes that Ransom has gone to bed. Ransom... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...with the same intensity. Ransom goes to the kitchen and tries to explain this to Devine, but Devine just laughs. Weston comes in to the kitchen and explains that they are... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Devine and Weston prepare to leave the space ship, and Ransom’s fears of the death waiting... (full context)
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...what seems to be a lake, and hopes that the Malacandran inhabitants make human-like structures. Devine shatters this illusion by telling Ransom that he and Weston built the hut on their... (full context)
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Devine stops their work for lunch and Ransom forces himself to eat. Weston and Devine are... (full context)
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Devine and Weston force Ransom to the water’s edge as Ransom fights to get away. Suddenly,... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...hrossa forms by firelight. Ransom wishes desperately that he could see men, even Weston and Devine. A small hross, presumably a young pup, approaches Ransom and Ransom’s fear dissipates again at... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...animal with snapping jaws he saw at the beach when he ran from Weston and Devine. The hrossa say that it is a “hnakra,” and they are all excited that one... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...kill. Ransom explains that humans do sometimes kill for pleasure, but his captors Weston and Devine most likely shot out of fear of the hrossa. Whin tells Ransom that he must... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...starts his journey to Meldilorn, fighting a strong urge to give himself up to Weston, Devine, and the sorns in order to protect the hrossa. He is now determined to follow... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...someone else’s hnau, and assures Ransom that the eldila can handle any evil Weston and Devine attempt. (full context)
Chapter 19
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...Ransom, until Ransom realizes with a sick feeling that the creatures are humans: Weston and Devine. Ransom sees that the long bundles are the bodies of dead hrossa. The leader of... (full context)
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Oyarsa asks Weston and Devine why they have killed hnau. Weston and Devine look around, unable to see any hint... (full context)
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...humiliation of humanity any longer, Ransom tells Weston to stop. Weston ignores Ransom, whispering to Devine about the possibility of giving the necklace directly to the sleeping hross, who Weston has... (full context)
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...light and a strong wind. When Ransom can see again, the hrossa bodies are gone. Devine chuckles that murderers on Earth would love to dispose of bodies so easily, and Ransom... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...tries to put on an expression of great nobility in the face of his “attackers.” Devine warns Weston in English to be careful, considering that the Malacandrians have technology to make... (full context)
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...the direction from which he hears Oyarsa’s voice like he yelled at the elderly hross. Devine jumps in, explaining in his own broken Hross that the humans just want gold and... (full context)
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Oyarsa proclaims Weston “bent,” for Weston still keeps one law of the hnau, unlike Devine who is “broken,” driven only by animal greed. Oyarsa tries to help cure Weston’s soul... (full context)
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Oyarsa proclaims that Weston and Devine must leave Malacandra tomorrow. Weston sputters that the timing for a return flight to Earth... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Weston and Devine are taken to a guest house while Ransom stays to talk with Oyarsa. A mysterious... (full context)
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...for their dangerous journey. Weston warns them all not to move to conserve oxygen, while Devine seems to have given up entirely and devotes himself to drinking. The spaceship takes off,... (full context)
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Weston, Devine, and Ransom all hope wildly that they will make it to Earth, doing little but... (full context)
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...of the spaceship. Ransom realizes that they somehow managed to land on Earth. Weston and Devine are nowhere to be found as Ransom clambers out of the ship and soaks in... (full context)