Out of the Silent Planet

A renowned physicist and man of science who organizes the mission to Mars (Malacandra) and seeks to eliminate the “savage” beings he finds there so that humanity can colonize Mars and have another planet to live on should Earth ever become uninhabitable. Weston believes in the superiority of mankind above all, and swears loyalty to the human race – though he is shown to be as selfish about protecting his own life as any beast when he is put in danger. Weston is willing to use Ransom as a sacrifice when the sorns of Mars wish to talk with a human, assuming the worst of the sorns’ intentions. Weston represents the misguided life of a man who assumes that humans control the universe, and that mankind is the pinnacle of life in the universe. Oyarsa describes Weston as “bent” and needing “curing” before he can properly take part in civilized life. Weston is shown to be far more primitive in true morality than the seemingly “barbaric” species on Malacandra.

Dr. Weston Quotes in Out of the Silent Planet

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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
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Chapter 4 Quotes

“I consider your philosophy of life raving lunacy. I suppose all that stuff about infinity and eternity means that you think you are justified in doing anything—absolutely anything—here and now, on the off chance that some creatures or other descended from man as we know him may crawl about a few centuries longer in some part of the universe.”
“Yes—anything whatever,” returned the scientist sternly, “and all educated opinion—for I do not call classics and history and such trash education—is entirely on my side.”

Related Characters: Dr. Elwin Ransom (speaker), Dr. Weston (speaker)
Page Number: 29-30
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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
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Chapter 20 Quotes

"It is well that I have heard you," said Oyarsa. "For though your mind is feebler, your will is less bent than I thought. It is not for yourself that you would do all this."
"No," said Weston proudly in Malacandrian. "Me die. Man live."

Related Characters: Dr. Weston (speaker), Oyarsa (speaker)
Page Number: 136
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"Trash! Defeatist trash!" he shouted at Oyarsa in English; then, drawing himself up to his full height, he added in Malacandrian, "You say your Maleldil let all go dead. Other one, Bent One, he fight, jump, live—not all talkee-talkee. Me no care Maleldil. Like Bent One better: me on his side."

Related Characters: Dr. Weston (speaker), Oyarsa, The Bent One
Page Number: 139
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Dr. Weston Character Timeline in Out of the Silent Planet

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Chapter 1
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...that he did not like. Devine then tells Ransom that the thicker man is “The Weston,” the great physicist. (full context)
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...happily explains to Ransom that Harry is prone to fits, and says that he and Weston were simply trying to calm him and give him a bath before they sent Harry... (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... (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... (full context)
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...why Devine has a house in this rural area. Devine explains that he is funding Weston’s experiments, which promise to further the march of progress and the good of humanity. As... (full context)
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...that it 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,... (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 is reluctant... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...put together what is going on, a door opens to reveal a brilliant light and Weston’s naked silhouette. Ransom breaks down in sobs, asking Weston what the silver orb is. Weston... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...but his fear. Gradually, Ransom regains his social manners. Ransom asks where they are, and Weston confirms that they are in space. Ransom then asks how and why he has been... (full context)
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Ransom asks if Malacandra is a star, and Weston tells him that Malacandra is the true name of one of the planets in our... (full context)
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Weston refuses to talk with Ransom anymore and brings Ransom into another room for breakfast. As... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...tries to get more information about Malacandra from Devine, who is far more talkative than Weston, but Devine usually talks only of the things he wants to buy when he gets... (full context)
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...finds that 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... (full context)
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...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 is chilled to the bone as... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...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 entering Malacandra’s gravitational pull, and... (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 for him... (full context)
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...Malacandran inhabitants make human-like structures. Devine shatters this illusion by telling Ransom that he and Weston built the hut on their first foray here. Weston forces Ransom to help set up... (full context)
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Devine stops their work for lunch and Ransom forces himself to eat. Weston and Devine are too distracted by constantly searching the horizon in silence. Suddenly, Devine points... (full context)
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Devine and Weston force Ransom to the water’s edge as Ransom fights to get away. Suddenly, Weston fires... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...dozens of 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... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...to the 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... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...humans would 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... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Ransom 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... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...to kill 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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...thick to 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... (full context)
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Oyarsa asks Weston and Devine why they have killed hnau. Weston and Devine look around, unable to see... (full context)
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Oyarsa speaks again, asking Weston why he has killed a hnau. Weston continues to direct his answers to the sleeping... (full context)
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Unable to take the humiliation of humanity any longer, Ransom tells Weston to stop. Weston ignores Ransom, whispering to Devine about the possibility of giving the necklace... (full context)
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Ransom explains to Weston in English that there is no witch-doctor, and the voice they are hearing comes from... (full context)
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Oyarsa sees that Weston will not be convinced through calm conversation, and directs one of the pfifltrigg to take... (full context)
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...on Earth would love to dispose of bodies so easily, and Ransom ignores him as Weston is brought back. (full context)
Chapter 20
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The hross guarding Weston tells Oyarsa that they doused Weston’s head with cold water 14 times and Weston now... (full context)
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Oyarsa tells Weston to be quiet, and then explains to Weston that it has been Weston’s own fear... (full context)
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Weston tries to yell at the direction from which he hears Oyarsa’s voice like he yelled... (full context)
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Weston begins a grand speech about the greatness of human civilization compared to the stone age... (full context)
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Oyarsa considers Weston’s words, commending him for thinking of future humans rather than just himself. Yet Oyarsa points... (full context)
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Oyarsa proclaims Weston “bent,” for Weston still keeps one law of the hnau, unlike Devine who is “broken,”... (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... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Weston and Devine are taken to a guest house while Ransom stays to talk with Oyarsa.... (full context)
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The next day, the three humans embark for their dangerous journey. Weston warns them all not to move to conserve oxygen, while Devine seems to have given... (full context)
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Over the next weeks, Ransom realizes that Weston is bringing them far closer to the sun than they had come on the trip... (full context)
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Weston, Devine, and Ransom all hope wildly that they will make it to Earth, doing little... (full context)
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...the roof 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... (full context)
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...agreed not to spread this story as truth, for fear of retaliation by the real “Weston,” but continues to help Dr. Ransom collect evidence from Platonist thinkers to form a resistance... (full context)