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Citra's younger brother. Though he idolizes scythes, especially Scythe Curie, he's also afraid of them. Citra finds that Ben is the only person in her family able to converse normally with her after she becomes an apprentice. He's the loved one that Citra is tasked with gleaning as her final test before being ordained as a scythe. Though he's terrified to become deadish, he trusts Citra completely.

Ben Quotes in Scythe

The Scythe quotes below are all either spoken by Ben or refer to Ben. 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 Simon & Schuster edition of Scythe published in 2017.
Chapter 3 Quotes

She assumed she would go to college, get a degree in something pleasant, then settle into a comfortable job, meet a comfortable guy, and have a nice, unremarkable life. It's not that she longed for such an existence, but it was expected. Not just of her, but of everyone. With nothing to really aspire to, life had become about maintenance.

Page Number: 44
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Chapter 38 Quotes

It was then it occurred to her that every scythe, since the Scythedom began, had to take this test. Every single one of them was forced to take the life of someone they loved. Yes, that person would be revived, but it didn't change the cold-blooded act. A person's subconscious mind can't differentiate between permanent and temporary killings.

Related Characters: Citra Terranova, Ben
Page Number: 410
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Ben Character Timeline in Scythe

The timeline below shows where the character Ben appears in Scythe. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Mortality and Life Theme Icon
Morality, Compassion, and Choices Theme Icon
...still afraid to have a scythe in her home. He greets Citra and her brother, Ben, by name, and invites himself to stay for dinner. Citra wonders if Faraday is going... (full context)
Surveillance, Corruption, and Justice Theme Icon
Morality, Compassion, and Choices Theme Icon
Citra and Ben sit with Faraday in the living room and discuss the scientist Michael Faraday, who is... (full context)
Mortality and Life Theme Icon
...angrily spits that Faraday should glean one of them and move on. Her parents and Ben dissolve into fearful tears while Citra's dad tries to apologize. Faraday says he likes being... (full context)
Chapter 3
Surveillance, Corruption, and Justice Theme Icon
Morality, Compassion, and Choices Theme Icon
...Remembering that the families of scythes get immunity from gleaning, Citra realizes this is about Ben. She goes to bed thinking about how she expected her life to go and wonders... (full context)
Chapter 23
Coming of Age Theme Icon
...feels as though she's longing for something and notices that her dad's hug seems obligatory. Ben is in awe of Curie, especially after Curie leaves. Citra's mom is shocked that Curie... (full context)
Chapter 38
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Morality, Compassion, and Choices Theme Icon
...demonstrate how she gleans. Citra pulls the hood off and sees that the person is Ben. (full context)
Mortality and Life Theme Icon
Morality, Compassion, and Choices Theme Icon
...that Citra has to choose to do this. Another scythe says that Citra will render Ben deadish. The fifth scythe reads Citra the rules of the test and Citra opens her... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Mortality and Life Theme Icon
Morality, Compassion, and Choices Theme Icon
Citra picks up the knife, approaches Ben, and cuts his bonds and gag. Ben asks if Citra is going to hurt him.... (full context)