The Children of Men

by

P. D. James

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A driver who ferries Theo to his meeting with Xan and the rest of the Council. Theo starts a conversation with him, which leads to Hedges’s resigned musings on the idea of humanity as one of God’s “experiments” that went “wrong,” and, further, the idea that God inflicted mass infertility on humanity as an “intervention” because humanity was so obviously damaged and destructive.

Hedges Quotes in The Children of Men

The The Children of Men quotes below are all either spoken by Hedges or refer to Hedges. 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 Children of Men published in 2006.
Chapter 11 Quotes

“Perhaps His experiment went spectacularly wrong, sir. Perhaps He’s just bagged. Seeing the mess, not knowing how to put it right. Perhaps not wanting to put it right. Perhaps He only had enough power left for one final intervention. So He made it. Whoever He is, whatever He is, I hope He burns in His own hell.”

Related Characters: Hedges (speaker), Theodore “Theo” Faron
Page Number: 90-91
Explanation and Analysis:
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Hedges Character Timeline in The Children of Men

The timeline below shows where the character Hedges appears in The Children of Men. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11
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Fatalism and Despair vs. Action and Hope Theme Icon
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...had been his regular driver throughout his time on the council, a new man named Hedges has replaced him. Hedges tells Theo that George was in a car accident, but Theo... (full context)
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...Theo knows that Xan views his having left the Council as “inexcusable.” As he and Hedges near London, Theo thinks of his time on the Council, and the men and women... (full context)
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Theo and Hedges arrive in London. Theo spots a group of flagellants, zealots who beat themselves with knotted... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Theo goes back out to the car, where Hedges is waiting for him. Xan is “suddenly” at Theo’s side, though, and instructs Hedges to... (full context)
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The two arrive at the statue, where Hedges is waiting. Xan tells Theo to “tell [his] friends, whoever they are, to be sensible... (full context)