The Buried Giant


Kazuo Ishiguro

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A fellow Briton and companion of Axl’s many years ago when they were soldiers. Axl did not like Harvey because he believed Harvey was needlessly violent and vicious with even the most innocent people. As the story progresses, Axl develops more memories of Harvey and what they did during England’s civil war together.

Harvey Quotes in The Buried Giant

The The Buried Giant quotes below are all either spoken by Harvey or refer to Harvey. 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:
Memory, Truth and Justice Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Buried Giant published in 2015.
Chapter 6 Quotes

What had brought the pair of them to that village that morning? Axl remembered the cries of outrage, children crying, the looks of hatred, and his own fury, not so much at Harvey himself, but at those who had handicapped him with such a companion. Their mission, if accomplished, would surely be an achievement unique and new, one so supreme God himself would judge it a moment when men came a step closer to him. Yet how could Axl hope to do anything tethered to such a brute?

Related Characters: The Narrator / The Boatman (speaker), Axl, Harvey
Page Number: 136
Explanation and Analysis:
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Harvey Character Timeline in The Buried Giant

The timeline below shows where the character Harvey appears in The Buried Giant. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
Memory, Truth and Justice Theme Icon
War, Peace, Vengeance, and Forgiveness Theme Icon
Love and Hatred Theme Icon
...sorry for the grey-haired soldier and suddenly remembers being on horseback behind a man named Harvey, whose entire posture “announced malevolence” toward a group of people heading their way. Knowing the... (full context)