A middle-aged English teacher from Indianapolis, Edgar Derby is a passionate, upright, and courageous soldier who cares for Billy when he falls ill in the German POW camp. Derby later defends American ideals to Howard W. Campbell, Jr., and is executed for stealing a teapot amid the rubble of Dresden.
Edgar Derby Quotes in Slaughterhouse-Five
The Slaughterhouse-Five quotes below are all either spoken by Edgar Derby or refer to Edgar Derby. 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:).
Chapter 8 Quotes
He spoke of the brotherhood between the American and the Russian people, and how those two nations were going to crush the disease of Nazism, which wanted to infect the whole world. The air-raid sirens of Dresden howled mournfully.
Related Characters: Kurt Vonnegut (speaker), Edgar Derby
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Edgar Derby Character Timeline in Slaughterhouse-Five
The timeline below shows where the character Edgar Derby appears in Slaughterhouse-Five. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...the book. O’Hare claims to remember little. Vonnegut plans to use the death of Edgar Derby, a character introduced later, as the book’s climax: Derby was executed immediately following the firebombing... (full context)
...protocol used when Pilgrim is abducted and taken to Tralfamadore. Walking near Pilgrim is Edgar Derby, a forty-four year old English teacher from Indianapolis, who held Weary’s head as he died... (full context)
Pilgrim, Lazzaro, Derby, and others are led to a shed filled with British POWs who have been in... (full context)
...laughing. He is carted into the camp’s medical quarters, sedated, and put on bed rest. Derby watches over him and reads The Red Badge of Courage. Billy has a dream that... (full context)
Billy comes unstuck and is back in the war. Derby is still reading to him and Billy sees Derby’s execution in the near future. An... (full context)
...Vonnegut thinks also describes himself: “Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt.” Valencia asks Billy about Derby’s execution. (full context)
Billy comes unstuck and is in the POW hospital in 1944. Derby is asleep. Billy wanders outside, dancing, and becomes snagged on a fence, only to be... (full context)
Billy, Lazzaro, and Derby go to the theater in the camp, where an election is to be held among... (full context)
...Back in 1944, a very young German soldier named Werner Gluck is leading Billy and Derby to the slaughterhouse kitchen. They stumble upon a group of 30-some young girls showering—Billy and... (full context)
...a malt syrup factory. Billy takes some syrup, finds it rapturously delicious, and gives to Derby, who is so happy to eat it he cries. (full context)
...tired from eating so much syrup and barely listen to Campbell. As Campbell speaks, however, Derby rises, and Vonnegut interjects that, although the story has had few dramatic moments up till... (full context)
...been time-traveling. She also knows that he was a “clown” in the war and that Derby was shot. Montana is nursing her and Billy’s child, and between her bare breasts is... (full context)
...flamethrowers to incinerate the corpses and prevent the smell. One of the corpses burnt is Derby’s; he was buried there after his execution. (full context)