The Buried Giant

by

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Although he is a Briton, Ivor is the mayor of a Saxon town that Beatrice frequently travels to with other women from the warren. Ivor and Beatrice are friends, and when she and Axl stop in the town on their way to find their son, Ivor lets them stay the night in his home. While they are there, they see Ivor give directions to Wistan and a band of other men to go beyond the gates to find Edwin, who has been taken by ogres. Ivor believes the reason for everyone’s forgetfulness is because God himself has forgotten their pasts, and mere human beings cannot remember what God forgets. Beatrice is impressed with this explanation and adopts it, believing that God wants to forget the past because He’s so ashamed of it.

Ivor Quotes in The Buried Giant

The The Buried Giant quotes below are all either spoken by Ivor or refer to Ivor. 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 Vintage edition of The Buried Giant published in 2015.
Chapter 3 Quotes

“It was just a thought. That perhaps God is angry about something we’ve done. Or maybe he’s not angry, but ashamed.”

“A curious thought, princess. But if it’s as you say, why doesn’t he punish us? Why make us forget like fools even things that happened the hour before?”

“Perhaps God’s so deeply ashamed of us, of something we did, that he’s wishing himself to forget. And as the stranger told Ivor, when God won’t remember, it’s no wonder we’re unable to do so.”

Related Characters: Axl (speaker), Beatrice (speaker), Ivor
Related Symbols: The Mist
Page Number: 76
Explanation and Analysis:
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Ivor Character Timeline in The Buried Giant

The timeline below shows where the character Ivor appears in The Buried Giant. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...so soon forget their duty to stay at their posts. Beatrice, addressing the man as Ivor, observes that all the men are exceptionally jumpy that evening. Ivor apologizes for the guards’... (full context)
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Ivor’s house is large, comfortable, and warmed by a big fire. Axl unpacks his and Beatrice’s... (full context)
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With Ivor gone, Axl and Beatrice wonder what he would have said about the mist. Axl asks... (full context)
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...to climb up. Axl insists on at least thinking about going there and then sees Ivor coming back. (full context)
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Ivor comes back into the house and says that a “young fool” thought he saw a... (full context)
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Ivor says that he thinks the real danger associated with Querig “comes less from her own... (full context)
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Ivor starts going toward his bedroom, but Beatrice sits up and stops him, asking him to... (full context)
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...shaken awake by Beatrice in the middle of the night. There are noises outside, and Ivor tells them to hope for good news as he rushes out the door. Beatrice tells... (full context)
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...found. Beatrice has trouble understanding what’s being said as the crowd grows louder, but suddenly Ivor appears next to the warrior and tries to say something. The crowd starts shouting and... (full context)
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...eat. The town is bustling with life as they walk into the street and spot Ivor talking with the warrior. Spotting them, Ivor tells them he tried not to wake them... (full context)
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...Axl where they’re going. Axl explains their journey and decision to go to the monastery. Ivor tells Wistan he needs to bring Axl and Beatrice to the longhouse for breakfast, and... (full context)
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Ivor, Axl, and Beatrice reach the longhouse and Ivor shows them in. Beatrice asks Ivor what... (full context)
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As they eat, Beatrice asks Axl if he thinks there was anything to what Ivor said about the mist the night before. Axl says he doesn’t know what to think... (full context)
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Walking back to Ivor’s house, Beatrice and Axl spot Wistan sitting on a lookout platform. All three are leaving... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...His aunt, who cared for him since his mother left, had cursed him, and Elder Ivor was forced to drag him away and push him inside a barn for his own... (full context)