Scythe

by

Neal Shusterman

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Scythe Mandela Character Analysis

An old, revered scythe on the bejewling committee. He's a member of the old guard and is friends with Scythes Curie and Faraday, and he thinks poorly of Scythe Goddard. Though he initially goes along with Xenocrates's accusation that Citra murdered Faraday, he later apologizes to her when he learns it was untrue.
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Scythe Mandela Character Timeline in Scythe

The timeline below shows where the character Scythe Mandela appears in Scythe. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13
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...the apprentices. Three of the four candidates for the Scythedom receive their rings from Scythe Mandela and choose their Patron Historics, while the rejected boy strides out of the room. Xenocrates... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...untouchable. Citra avoids Rowan at lunch and gets to meet old, revered scythes like Scythe Mandela. They discuss that Rowan is representing the enemy, but none of them do anything meaningful... (full context)
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After Scythe Mandela ordains two new scythes, Scythe Cervantes calls the other apprentices to him for a Bokator... (full context)
Chapter 29
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...of Xenocrates. At his residence, she sits in a chair and refutes the changes. Scythe Mandela accuses Citra of trying to erase evidence of killing Faraday from the Thunderhead's backbrain. He... (full context)
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Citra is shaken, especially when Mandela says that whoever killed Faraday used Faraday's ring to bribe witnesses with immunity. Mandela leaves.... (full context)
Chapter 31
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...safe to be conscious, but Curie sends the nurse away. Curie tells Citra that Scythe Mandela told her about the accusation. Citra notices that there's snow outside, and Curie explains that... (full context)
Chapter 34
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...Winter Conclave, Citra flies home to Curie. She arrives to an apology note from Scythe Mandela, and Curie explains that Xenocrates will pretend the fiasco never happened. Citra says she won't... (full context)
Chapter 38
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...a guard fetches her. He takes Citra to a room where five scythes, including Scythe Mandela, sit at one end. There's a table with five weapons on it, and Mandela directs... (full context)
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...this will scar her and Ben. Citra asks why she has to do it, and Mandela gently explains that after this, Citra will have done the most difficult thing. (full context)
Chapter 39
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Curie anxiously says that Scythe Mandela told her that Citra performed well last night, but she says she won't forgive herself... (full context)
Chapter 40
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Citra and Rowan greet each other and then face Xenocrates. Mandela makes a speech and then says that Citra will receive the ring. The scythes cheer... (full context)
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Rowan knows they made the right choice as Mandela asks Citra how she plans to glean Rowan. She asks for a blade and Rowan... (full context)