The Hermit is the third person aboard the small boat that rescues the Mariner. He is depicted as a man of God and of nature – a man who exemplifies the right way to live – and once on land the Mariner calls him a holy man and begs the Hermit to grant him absolution for his sins. The Hermit in return asks the Mariner to explain who he is, which begins the Mariner’s compulsion to tell his own story.
Hermit Quotes in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
The The Rime of the Ancient Mariner quotes below are all either spoken by Hermit or refer to Hermit. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner published in 0.).
Part VI Quotes
Part VII Quotes
I pass, like night, from land to land;
I have strange power of speech
That moment that his face I see,
I know the man that must hear me:
To him my tale I teach.
Hermit Character Timeline in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
The timeline below shows where the character Hermit appears in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.