Out of the Silent Planet

Ransom’s first friend among the hrossa, an intelligent seal-like species on Malacandra. Like all hrossa, Hyoi deeply appreciates poetry and beauty, introducing Ransom to the hrossan ideal of death as the welcome completion of life, and that which brings meaning to all the pleasurable experiences of life. Hyoi is killed by Weston and Devine while Hyoi and Ransom are on a mission to hunt the hnakra (a shark-like creature). Hyoi dies content with his identity as a hnakrapunt (one who has killed the hnakra), rather than resenting the fact that his time was cut short by bent humans.

Hyoi Quotes in Out of the Silent Planet

The Out of the Silent Planet quotes below are all either spoken by Hyoi or refer to Hyoi. 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:
Christian Imagery and Thought  Theme Icon
). 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 9 Quotes

The creature was talking. It had a language. If you are not yourself a philologist, I am afraid you must take on trust the prodigious emotional consequences of this realization in Ransom's mind. A new world he had already seen—but a new, an extra-terrestrial, a non-human language was a different matter. Somehow, he had not thought of this in connection with the sorns; now, it flashed upon him like a revelation. The love of knowledge is a kind of madness. In the fraction of a second which it took Ransom to decide that the creature was really talking, and while he still knew that he might be facing instant death, his imagination had leaped over every fear and hope and probability of his situation to follow the dazzling project of making a Malacandrian grammar.

Related Characters: Lewis (The Narrator) (speaker), Dr. Elwin Ransom, Hyoi
Page Number: 56
Explanation and Analysis:
Quotes explanation long mobile

Unlock explanations and citation info for this and every other Out of the Silent Planet quote.

Plus so much more...

Get LitCharts A+
Already a LitCharts A+ member? Sign in!
Chapter 12 Quotes

At last it dawned upon him that it was not they, but his own species, that were the puzzle. That the hrossa should have such instincts was mildly surprising; but how came it that the instincts of the hrossa so closely resembled the unattained ideals of that far-divided species Man whose instincts were so deplorably different? What was the history of Man?

Related Characters: Lewis (The Narrator) (speaker), Dr. Elwin Ransom, Hyoi
Page Number: 75
Explanation and Analysis:
Quotes explanation short mobile

I will tell you a day in my life that has shaped me; such a day as comes only once, like love, or serving Oyarsa in Meldilorn. Then I was young, not much more than a cub, when I went far, far up the handramit to the land where stars shine at midday and even water is cold. A great waterfall I climbed…Because I have stood there alone, Maleldil and I, for even Oyarsa sent me no word, my heart has been higher, my song deeper, all my days. But do you think it would have been so unless I had known that in Balki hneraki dwelled? There I drank life because death was in the pool.

Related Characters: Hyoi (speaker), Dr. Elwin Ransom, Maleldil the Young
Related Symbols: The Hnakra
Page Number: 76
Explanation and Analysis:
Quotes explanation short mobile
Chapter 13 Quotes

He was one with them. That difficulty which they, accustomed to more than one rational species, had perhaps never felt, was now overcome. They were all hnau. They had stood shoulder to shoulder in the face of an enemy, and the shapes of their heads no longer mattered. And he, even Ransom, had come through it and not been disgraced. He had grown up.

Related Characters: Lewis (The Narrator) (speaker), Dr. Elwin Ransom, Hyoi, Whin
Related Symbols: The Hnakra
Page Number: 81-82
Explanation and Analysis:
Quotes explanation short mobile

“No,” said Whin. “I have been thinking. All this has come from not obeying the eldil. He said you were to go to Oyarsa. You ought to have been already on the road. You must go now…”

Related Characters: Whin (speaker), Dr. Elwin Ransom, Hyoi, Oyarsa
Page Number: 83
Explanation and Analysis:
Quotes explanation short mobile
Get the entire Out of the Silent Planet LitChart as a printable PDF.
Out of the silent planet.pdf.medium

Hyoi Character Timeline in Out of the Silent Planet

The timeline below shows where the character Hyoi appears in Out of the Silent Planet. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9
Acceptance and Curiosity vs. Fear of the Unknown Theme Icon
...even fear at this point, and calmly hopes that the black animal (later introduced as Hyoi) will not notice him. (full context)
Acceptance and Curiosity vs. Fear of the Unknown Theme Icon
The black creature (later known as Hyoi) begins to make noises, which Ransom’s linguist ear interprets as speech. Ransom’s entire demeanor changes,... (full context)
Acceptance and Curiosity vs. Fear of the Unknown Theme Icon
Ransom carefully gets to his knees and the creature (Hyoi) takes small steps towards Ransom. Ransom wants to run, but his curiosity is too strong.... (full context)
Civilization and Utopia Theme Icon
Acceptance and Curiosity vs. Fear of the Unknown Theme Icon
The creature (Hyoi) fills the shell with water from the lake and then holds the shell up to... (full context)
Civilization and Utopia Theme Icon
Acceptance and Curiosity vs. Fear of the Unknown Theme Icon
The creature (Hyoi) flaps a paw on its chest and says, “hross.” Ransom interprets this as the species’... (full context)
Human Nature and Morality Theme Icon
Acceptance and Curiosity vs. Fear of the Unknown Theme Icon
Ransom follows the hross (Hyoi) to a boat, where he is both surprised and happy to see that the boat... (full context)
Chapter 10
Human Nature and Morality Theme Icon
Acceptance and Curiosity vs. Fear of the Unknown Theme Icon
Ransom and the hross (Hyoi) finish eating and the hross gets into the boat. Ransom wishes he could ask whether... (full context)
Christian Imagery and Thought  Theme Icon
Civilization and Utopia Theme Icon
Acceptance and Curiosity vs. Fear of the Unknown Theme Icon
The hross (Hyoi) begins to paddle down the river. They pass through the forest and paddle out into... (full context)
Christian Imagery and Thought  Theme Icon
Human Nature and Morality Theme Icon
The hross (Hyoi) stops paddling as the boat begins to flow in a strong current. The strange, choppy... (full context)
Christian Imagery and Thought  Theme Icon
Civilization and Utopia Theme Icon
Acceptance and Curiosity vs. Fear of the Unknown Theme Icon
Ransom and the hross (Hyoi) walk along a ridge where Ransom can see the full landscape of Malacandra. He is... (full context)
Acceptance and Curiosity vs. Fear of the Unknown Theme Icon
Ransom and the hross (Hyoi) walk to another stream and continue the journey by boat as the sun sets. The... (full context)
Chapter 11
Civilization and Utopia Theme Icon
Acceptance and Curiosity vs. Fear of the Unknown Theme Icon
...that it is a “hnakra,” and they are all excited that one has been sighted—especially Hyoi (the first hross that Ransom met). (full context)
Christian Imagery and Thought  Theme Icon
Ransom goes with Hyoi to ready Hyoi’s boat for a hnakra hunt. On the way, they pass a young... (full context)
Chapter 12
Civilization and Utopia Theme Icon
Human Nature and Morality Theme Icon
Ransom and Hyoi work on Hyoi’s boat as the other hrossa also prepare for the hunt. Ransom is... (full context)
Christian Imagery and Thought  Theme Icon
Civilization and Utopia Theme Icon
Human Nature and Morality Theme Icon
Hyoi explains that the hrossa see the entire lifetime as one long process of gaining experiences... (full context)
Christian Imagery and Thought  Theme Icon
Civilization and Utopia Theme Icon
Human Nature and Morality Theme Icon
Ransom asks Hyoi if there are any “bent” hrossa that break these rules about how to enjoy and... (full context)
Civilization and Utopia Theme Icon
...Maleldil would create the hnakra, if he only wants what is good for the hrossa. Hyoi responds that the hnakra is good - the very danger and excitement of the hnakra... (full context)
Christian Imagery and Thought  Theme Icon
Ransom thinks of Hrikki again, and asks Hyoi who the hrossa are speaking to when they talk to air. Hyoi responds that the... (full context)
Chapter 13
Human Nature and Morality Theme Icon
Acceptance and Curiosity vs. Fear of the Unknown Theme Icon
...hrossa village is buzzing with excitement for the hnakra hunt. Ransom is honored to join Hyoi in his boat with another young male hross named Whin, determined to show the hrossa... (full context)
Civilization and Utopia Theme Icon
...way to kill the hnakra is to wound it in the mouth with a spear. Hyoi and Whin each desperately want to be the one to throw the killing spear, infecting... (full context)
Human Nature and Morality Theme Icon
Hyoi paddles out into the water and Ransom scans the calm surface tensely for any sign... (full context)
Civilization and Utopia Theme Icon
Human Nature and Morality Theme Icon
...foam track that means the hnakra is swimming underwater and begins paddling furiously towards it. Hyoi throws spears into the water to bait the hnakra into opening its mouth. Ransom too... (full context)
Civilization and Utopia Theme Icon
Human Nature and Morality Theme Icon
Acceptance and Curiosity vs. Fear of the Unknown Theme Icon
Ransom, Hyoi, and Whin splash to shore and hug each other with joy and relief. Ransom is... (full context)
Civilization and Utopia Theme Icon
Acceptance and Curiosity vs. Fear of the Unknown Theme Icon
Ransom kneels by Hyoi’s head and desperately explains that the two bent humans who came with him to Malacandra... (full context)
Christian Imagery and Thought  Theme Icon
Human Nature and Morality Theme Icon
Acceptance and Curiosity vs. Fear of the Unknown Theme Icon
...but Ransom is not too sure. However, Ransom is so horrified by the death of Hyoi at the hands of his countrymen that he can only do as Whin says. (full context)
Chapter 18
Christian Imagery and Thought  Theme Icon
Human Nature and Morality Theme Icon
...Oyarsa regrets that Ransom did not listen and only followed Oyarsa’s orders after his friend Hyoi died. Ransom is surprised that Oyarsa was the one who sent for him and asks... (full context)
Chapter 19
Civilization and Utopia Theme Icon
Human Nature and Morality Theme Icon
Acceptance and Curiosity vs. Fear of the Unknown Theme Icon
...two of their hrossa in fear while the hrossa tried to capture them, but killed Hyoi in cold blood, causing the hrossa much grief. (full context)
Human Nature and Morality Theme Icon
...broken hrossan language at the sleeping hross, trying to blame Ransom for the death of Hyoi. The sleeping hross finally wakes, regarding Weston with confusion, then bows to Oyarsa and walks... (full context)
Postscript
Christian Imagery and Thought  Theme Icon
Civilization and Utopia Theme Icon
Human Nature and Morality Theme Icon
Acceptance and Curiosity vs. Fear of the Unknown Theme Icon
The other scene Ransom remembers is bathing with Hyoi one night. He looks up from the lake to see the entire Milky Way illuminated... (full context)