The Children of Men

by

P. D. James

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Theodore “Theo” Faron Character Analysis

The novel’s protagonist, Theo Faron is an Oxford historian. When the novel begins, he is reeling from the fallout of personal tragedy, the waning relevance of his profession, and lack of hope for a future as he enters his fiftieth year. Theo’s wife Helena has recently left him—several years ago, just around the time of Year Omega (the last year humans were born on Earth), he accidentally ran over their daughter Natalie while backing out of their home’s driveway. The resulting malaise between Theo and his wife along with an inability to actually bring themselves to separate mirrors humanity’s universal ennui and failure to take any real action in the face of no future. Theo begins writing in a diary at the start of the novel, and soon becomes obsessed with the task of recording his daily life in an effort to assume some control and order over its seemingly meaningless events. Theo is also cousins with Xan, the self-appointed dictator and Warden of England. Because of this relationship, Theo is approached by Julian, a member of an anarchist group called The Five Fishes, who hope to get Theo to use his connection to his cousin to air a list of grievances before him and the Council of England. Though initially reluctant to fall in with such a group, Theo eventually agrees, only to come before the Council and realize that no positive change or action will ever occur in their country again. When one of The Five Fishes’ members, Gascoigne, is captured by the State Security Police, the remaining members go on the run—and Theo, at Julian’s behest, joins them. He slowly develops feelings for Julian, and helps her to deliver her child into the world. Then, while protecting Julian from Xan, who plans to marry her and use her child to cement his own rule, Theo ends up killing Xan. Julian then places Xan’s Coronation Ring on his own finger, and it is clear that he now intends to take Xan’s place as ruler of England. Theo embodies several of the novel’s major themes: initially he is mired in fatalism and despair, but also, as a historian in a world no longer concerned with history, represents the struggle between history, memory, and mythology. Throughout the course of his journey, Theo comes to embody themes of renewal, redemption, action, and hope, as well as the push against isolationism and self-concern. And yet, at the end of the novel, after he kills Xan and puts on the Coronation Ring, Theo also embodies the darker side of renewal: that the lust for power is just as intrinsic a part of humanity as any other attribute, and that those who take down the current power are likely not to return power to the people but instead to take it for themselves.

Theodore “Theo” Faron Quotes in The Children of Men

The The Children of Men quotes below are all either spoken by Theodore “Theo” Faron or refer to Theodore “Theo” Faron. 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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Chapter 1  Quotes

We are outraged and demoralized less by the impending end of our species, less even by our inability to prevent it, than by our failure to discover the cause.

Related Characters: Theodore “Theo” Faron (speaker)
Page Number: 5
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Like a lecherous stud suddenly stricken with impotence, we are humiliated at the very heart of our faith in ourselves. For all our knowledge, our intelligence, our power, we can no longer do what the animals do without thought. No wonder we worship and resent them.

Related Characters: Theodore “Theo” Faron (speaker)
Related Symbols: Natalie
Page Number: 6
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If from infancy you treat children as gods they are liable in adulthood to act as devils.

Related Characters: Theodore “Theo” Faron (speaker)
Page Number: 11
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History, which interprets the past to understand and confront the future is the least rewarding discipline for a dying species.

Related Characters: Theodore “Theo” Faron (speaker)
Page Number: 11
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Chapter 2 Quotes

I know now, of course, why [Xan] liked having me at Woolcombe. I think I guessed almost from the beginning. He had absolutely no commitment to me, no responsibility for me, not even the commitment of friendship or the responsibility of personal choice. He hadn’t chosen me. I was his cousin, I was wished on him, I was there. I lifted from him, an only child, the burden of parental concern. From his boyhood he couldn’t tolerate questions, curiosity, interference in his life. I sympathized with that; I was very much the same.

Related Characters: Theodore “Theo” Faron (speaker), Xan Lyppiatt
Related Symbols: Woolcombe
Page Number: 16
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Chapter 5 Quotes

[Helena] thought I cared less, and she was right. She thought I cared less because I loved less, and she was right about that too. I was glad to be a father. When Helena told me she was pregnant I felt what I presume are the usual emotions of pride, tenderness, and amazement. I did feel affection for my child, although I would have felt more had she been prettier, more affectionate, more responsive, less inclined to whine. I’m glad that no other eyes will read these words. She has been dead for almost twenty-seven years and I still think of her with complaint.

Related Characters: Theodore “Theo” Faron (speaker), Helena Faron
Related Symbols: Theo’s Diary, Natalie
Page Number: 29
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Chapter 6 Quotes

The task of writing his journal—and Theo thought of it as a task, not a pleasure—had become part of his over-organized life, a nightly addiction to a weekly routine half imposed by circumstance, half deliberately devised in an attempt to impose order and purpose on the shapelessness of existence.

Related Characters: Theodore “Theo” Faron (speaker)
Related Symbols: Theo’s Diary
Page Number: 33
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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
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Chapter 12 Quotes

“You are a historian. You know what evils have been perpetrated through the ages to ensure the survival of nations, sects, religions, even individual families. Whatever man has done for good or ill has been done in the knowledge that he has been formed by history, that this life-span is brief, uncertain, insubstantial, but that there will be a future, for the nation, for the race, for the tribe. That hope has finally gone. Man is diminished if he lives without knowledge of his past; without hope of a future he becomes a beast.”

Related Characters: Carl Inglebach (speaker), Theodore “Theo” Faron
Page Number: 98
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Chapter 14 Quotes

“Holding up the Cross of Christ before the savages, as the missionaries did in South America. Like them, get yourselves butchered on the beaches? Don’t you read any history? There are only two reasons for that kind of folly. One is that you have a yearning for martyrdom. What is new is that your martyrdom won’t even be commemorated, won’t be noticed. In seventy years it will have no value because there will be no one left on earth to give it value. The second reason is more ignoble and Xan would understand it very well. If you did succeed, what an intoxication of power! The Isle of Man pacified, the redeemed kissing the hands of the living saint who made it all possible. Then you’ll know what the Warden feels, what he enjoys, what he can’t do without. Absolute power in your little kingdom.”

Related Characters: Theodore “Theo” Faron (speaker), Julian
Page Number: 108-109
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Chapter 21 Quotes

He went upstairs to fetch his coat, and, mounting one more staircase to the small back room, slipped his diary into the large inner pocket. The action was instinctive; if asked, he would have had difficulty in explaining it even to himself. The diary wasn’t particularly incriminating; he had taken care over that. He had no premonition that he was leaving for more than a few hours the life which the diary chronicled and this echoing house enclosed. And even if the journey were the beginning of an odyssey, there were more useful, more valued, more relevant talismans which he could have slipped into his pocket.

Related Characters: Theodore “Theo” Faron (speaker)
Related Symbols: Theo’s Diary
Page Number: 143-44
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Chapter 31 Quotes

“I killed her.”
Miriam’s voice was firm, loud, almost shouting in [Theo’s] ear. “You didn’t kill her! If she was going to die of shock it would have happened when you first showed her the gun. You don’t know why she died. It was natural causes, it must have been. She was old and she had a weak heart. You told us. It wasn’t your fault, Theo, you didn’t mean it.”
No, he almost groaned, no, I didn’t mean it. I didn’t mean to be a selfish son, an unloving father, a bad husband. When have I ever meant anything? Christ, what harm couldn’t I do if I actually started to mean it!
He said: “The worst is that I enjoyed it. I actually enjoyed it! I enjoyed the excitement, the power, the knowledge that I could do it.”

Related Characters: Theodore “Theo” Faron (speaker), Miriam (speaker), Helena Faron
Related Symbols: Natalie
Page Number: 218
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Chapter 33 Quotes

Carl looked down at the child with his dying eyes. “So it begins again.”
Theo thought: It begins again, with jealousy, with treachery, with violence, with murder, with this ring on my finger. He looked down at the great sapphire in its glitter of diamonds, aware of its weight. Placing it on his hand had been a gesture to assert authority and ensure protection. For a time at least he must take Xan’s place. There were evils to be remedied; but they must take their turn. He couldn’t do everything at once, there had to be priorities. Was that what Xan had found? And was this sudden intoxication of power what Xan had known every day of his life?

Related Characters: Theodore “Theo” Faron (speaker), Carl Inglebach (speaker), Xan Lyppiatt
Related Symbols: The Coronation Ring
Page Number: 240
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Julian looked up at him. For the first time she noticed the ring. She said: “That wasn’t made for your finger.”
For a second, no more, he felt something close to irritation. It must be for him to decide when he would take it off. He said: “It’s useful for the present. I shall take it off in time.”
She seemed for the moment content, and it might have been his imagination that there was a shadow in her eyes.

Related Characters: Theodore “Theo” Faron (speaker), Julian (speaker), Xan Lyppiatt
Related Symbols: The Coronation Ring
Page Number: 241
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Theodore “Theo” Faron Character Timeline in The Children of Men

The timeline below shows where the character Theodore “Theo” Faron appears in The Children of Men. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Theodore “Theo” Faron, writing in his diary on Friday, the first of January, 2021, describes the... (full context)
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Theo has no plan to leave his diary behind as a record, believing there could be... (full context)
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“All over the world,” Theo says, different countries are in the process of storing important books, manuscripts, paintings, musical scores,... (full context)
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Theo recalls a time two decades ago when the search for the last known birth of... (full context)
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Humanity is “outraged and demoralized,” Theo says, more than anything by its failure to discover the root cause of mass infertility.... (full context)
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Now, Theo says, there is much “less anxiety” and absolutely no hope where finding an answer or... (full context)
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...1995 reached sexual maturity and testing still showed that not one of them was fertile, Theo says, suicide increased on a global scale. Xan was already the Warden at that point,... (full context)
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Theo claims that humanity can now “experience nothing but the present moment,” and that the fleeting... (full context)
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The children born in the year 1995, Theo explains, are now known as Omegas—they are an “exceptionally beautiful” but also “cruel, arrogant, and... (full context)
Chapter 2
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A few days later, Theo returns to his diary to reflect upon his past. He describes the years during which... (full context)
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To this day, Theo says, he is unable to “understand what [he] felt for Xan then.” Each summer Xan... (full context)
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...members of the Council that governs England, as well as those individuals’ family members. Both Theo’s mother and Xan’s mother, who had been sisters, died there themselves. While Theo’s aunt married... (full context)
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Xan, Theo observes, never had any friends come to Woolcombe over the summer, and anytime Theo asked... (full context)
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Theo’s days at Woolcombe were marked by sleeping late, breakfasting late, and playing or shooting pistols... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Theo reflects on his first-ever holiday at Woolcombe. Theo was afraid that he’d be staying in... (full context)
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Flashing back to that first day in his room at Woolcombe, Theo recalls how Xan tried to put him at ease by belittling the size and grandeur... (full context)
Chapter 4
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It is now nearly the end of January. In a new diary entry, Theo reflects upon his childhood with his parents. His mother, he says, had “artistic pretensions,” and... (full context)
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Theo traces the roots of his “terror of taking responsibility for other people’s happiness” to the... (full context)
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Theo wishes he has happier memories of his father—his strongest one is “one of horror.” Theo’s... (full context)
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The following day is the 22nd of January. Theo writes in his diary that this “would have been [his] daughter [Natalie’s] birthday if [he]... (full context)
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There was no time for grief, Theo says—he was too overwhelmed by “horror and guilt.” Helena believed that he “cared less, and... (full context)
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Theo and Helena moved out of the home where the accident had occurred, into a house... (full context)
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Theo describes his house, which is much too big for just him. Helena, he says, has... (full context)
Chapter 6
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The narrative switches to the third-person, and the narrator describes how, for Theo, writing in a diary has become a “task, not a pleasure, devised in an attempt... (full context)
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On his way to services one late-January day, Theo sees a woman pushing a stroller which holds a doll dressed up as a “pathetic... (full context)
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Theo notices a new woman at services once they begin. He recognizes her as a former... (full context)
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The two re-introduce themselves; the woman’s name is Julian. She tells Theo that she and “a small group of friends,” aware of the wrongs happening in England,... (full context)
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Theo tells Julian that he has no relationship or influence with Xan any longer, but Julian... (full context)
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Theo receives a call from Jasper Palmer-Smith, his former history teacher, who’d selected Theo as his... (full context)
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When Theo arrives at Jasper’s, he is shocked to find that Jasper looks as if he as... (full context)
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Theo, put off by the idea of Jasper coming to live with him, suggests Jasper and... (full context)
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While driving back to Oxford, Theo spots an enormous crowd. He remembers that there is a popular American evangelist in town... (full context)
Chapter 8
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It is the Sunday of Theo’s meeting with Julian and her group, and he heads to the church where the encounter... (full context)
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Julian meets Theo at the front of the church. He follows her inside, where the group is “separated,... (full context)
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Miriam introduces herself to Theo and shakes his hand with a “half-humorous colluding glance, as if they were already conspirators.”... (full context)
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Theo reiterates to the group that he has “no influence” where Xan is concerned—he tells them... (full context)
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Theo asks Rolf why the group doesn’t try to go before the Warden and the Council... (full context)
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Theo tells the group that no one, not even the common people, “care[s]” enough about the... (full context)
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Julian implores Miriam to tell Theo about her brother. Miriam describes how her brother was sent to the Isle of Man... (full context)
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Theo tells the group that their demands are foolish, and will never be met. Julian then... (full context)
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Rolf accuses Theo of having come to meet with the group despite having no intention of helping. Theo... (full context)
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Theo leaves the church, annoyed to have gotten himself involved but “more affected than he care[s]... (full context)
Chapter 9
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On the morning of the Quietus, Theo drives to Southwold. He has not been to the town in twenty-seven years, since he... (full context)
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...old women are arranged in a line, and each is given a small bunch of flowers—Theo thinks the women look like “a bevy of disheveled bridesmaids.” The band begins to play,... (full context)
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...and wait to be pulled into the ocean and deposited “out of sight of land.” Theo tells himself that he has seen enough, but remembers that he “promised” Julian he would... (full context)
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...women wading into the water cries and thrashes as she struggles back to the shore. Theo can see that the woman is Hilda Palmer-Smith. Though it’s unclear to Theo whether she’s... (full context)
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Theo struggles back to shore—the officer “hadn’t intended him to drown.” Theo is weary, and falls... (full context)
Chapter 10
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The next morning, back in Oxford, Theo writes the word “YES” on a postcard and folds it, thinking that the word indicates... (full context)
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Now that he has been faced with the reality of several “abominations,” Theo feels he has a duty to see Xan. However, he is motivated less by the... (full context)
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As Theo leaves the museum, an elderly, sleeping attendant wakes up, and Theo recognizes him as a... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Theo, writing in his diary, describes the events of his first time seeing Xan in three... (full context)
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Xan sends a car and a driver to fetch Theo on the day of the appointment. Though Theo is expecting George, who had been his... (full context)
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Though Theo and Xan did not part on bad terms, Theo knows that Xan views his having... (full context)
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The monarchy, Theo says, has largely faded into obscurity since Year Omega. The new King of England, due... (full context)
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Theo and Hedges arrive in London. Theo spots a group of flagellants, zealots who beat themselves... (full context)
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A Grenadier shows Theo into Xan’s office, where the full Council is assembled. They sit together on one side... (full context)
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...Ring, the ornate and heavy wedding ring of England, on his left hand. Xan notices Theo eyeing the ring, and insists that it was Harriet’s idea he wear it. “The people,”... (full context)
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Theo sits in the chair designated for him and tells the group that he asked for... (full context)
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Theo launches into a report on the botched Quietus he witnessed, asking if a “murderous parade... (full context)
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Xan asks Theo if he is finished. Theo presses on, asking about the Isle of Man Penal Colony,... (full context)
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Theo mentions the Sojourners, questioning why they are treated as slaves and why they are sent... (full context)
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...tirade about the imbalance between humanity’s faith in the past, present, and future. He tells Theo that as a historian, he should know that man is “diminished” without both knowledge of... (full context)
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Theo concedes that the Council has made many achievements but wonders aloud why some “reforms” can’t... (full context)
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Theo goes back out to the car, where Hedges is waiting for him. Xan is “suddenly”... (full context)
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As they enter the park, Xan tells Theo that it was “unwise” of him to come before the Council—“there’s a limit,” he says,... (full context)
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Theo asks Xan why he would possibly want the job of Warden; Xan replies that he... (full context)
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Xan asks Theo who he’s been speaking to about all of the grievances he brought before the council—he... (full context)
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Theo asks Xan to stop the compulsory testing of sperm and to shut down the pornography... (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 [and] prudent.” He says he... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Theo returns to the Pitt Rivers museum in Oxford, the designated meeting-place for him and for... (full context)
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Julian arrives and, without even greeting Theo, asks if he’s met with Xan yet. Theo explains that he saw the Council, then... (full context)
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...group getting themselves sent to the colony intentionally could change things from the inside, but Theo tells her that the idea is a “folly.” He urges her not to “waste her... (full context)
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Theo, making “one more effort,” tells Julian again how poorly equipped the group is—they are all... (full context)
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Theo worries that, if Julian is caught, Xan will take action against her. He worries, too,... (full context)
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Two weeks later, Theo discovers a pamphlet written by Julian’s group that has been dropped through the letter slot... (full context)
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After reading the pamphlet, Theo is floored by the “humanity” of the words, and feels they must have been written... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Theo, writing in his diary, describes a visit to Helena’s. Mathilda, the cat the two of... (full context)
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Theo realizes that it has been one year to the day since Helena left him for... (full context)
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When Theo arrives at Helena and Rupert’s, the two of them are trying to decide which of... (full context)
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Theo points out the danger of speaking out—the SSP might arrest citizens “for possession of seditious... (full context)
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Theo says goodbye to Mathilda the cat and leaves, content to know that while Helena is... (full context)
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In his diary, Theo describes a visit from the State Security Police. Two officers—a young sergeant named Oliver Cathcart,... (full context)
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Theo offers to let the officers search his house, telling them he needs to leave for... (full context)
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Rawlings shows Theo one of the pamphlets and asks if he has seen them before; Theo admits to... (full context)
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Theo tells the officers that, since he is Xan’s cousin, any information he acquires regarding a... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Theo puts his diary away and reflects a bit more on the SSP officers’ visit. He... (full context)
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Theo feels a combination of fear, guilt, loneliness, and a “renewed irritation” at having ever gotten... (full context)
Chapter 19
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In his diary, Theo describes having seen Julian at the market earlier that morning. As she exited, he followed... (full context)
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Now, Theo laments never having known “what it is to love,” yet says that “fifty is not... (full context)
Chapter 20
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Theo left for his trip in March. It is now the last day of September, and... (full context)
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Theo calls Helena, and asks her whether anything has been happening in Oxford over the summer.... (full context)
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Theo has the nightmare in which his father is standing at the end of his bed.... (full context)
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Theo feels uneasy for days after the dream, and is afraid that he is being surveilled,... (full context)
Chapter 21
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One night while preparing dinner, Theo hears a knock at the door. He looks out the window and sees Miriam. He... (full context)
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Theo tells Miriam to get together a bag of food and supplies. He runs upstairs and... (full context)
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Theo and Miriam get into Theo’s car and drive away. Theo asks Miriam how and when... (full context)
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Theo tells Miriam that the Fishes have only lasted so long because Xan “wanted” them to—the... (full context)
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A few minutes later, Miriam tells Theo that Julian is pregnant. Theo feels “irritation” and “disgust” at the fact that both Julian... (full context)
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As Theo and Miriam approach the church in a village called Swinbrook, Theo remembers having visited it... (full context)
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The rest of the Fishes are waiting inside the chapel. Julian approaches Theo and right away lifts her shirt to reveal her swollen belly. He kneels before her... (full context)
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Theo suggests that the Fishes contact Xan, and tell him of the pregnancy. Xan will, Theo... (full context)
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...agree that Julian should have the baby on her own, away from the Council’s clutches. Theo insists that the group is being ridiculous, and the child belongs not to any one... (full context)
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Theo asks the group what their plan is. Rolf states that they want to find an... (full context)
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As Theo and the Fishes leave the church, Theo considers getting away, calling Xan, and “putting an... (full context)
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Rolf instructs Theo to drive over the border and into Wales. He outlines a plan to drive by... (full context)
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At Jasper’s house, Theo finds that the gate is open. He and Miriam enter the house together, where they... (full context)
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While Theo takes supplies from Jasper’s larder, he feels a twinge of sadness over Jasper’s death. He... (full context)
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Theo has to pull the car over several times so that Miriam can help Julian into... (full context)
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Rolf offers to let Theo serve as his personal adviser when Rolf, as the father of the first child born... (full context)
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Theo restrains himself from lashing out and telling Rolf that once Xan sees Rolf as a... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...recklessly, and soon punctures a tire. The group gets the car off of the road. Theo knows there is a spare tire in the trunk. Rolf , Julian, and Theo drive... (full context)
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In the morning, Theo is the last to wake. He has, to his surprise, slept soundly on the ground.... (full context)
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Theo is “uneasy” about Luke and Julian having left the group—he feels everyone needs to stay... (full context)
Chapter 26
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Writing in his diary, Theo describes the lovely, restful day he has spent with the Fishes. He has “never felt... (full context)
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As night falls, the group prepares to set out again—Rolf has repaired the tire. Theo writes that he has “no need” of his diary any longer, as he is not... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...upon a large fallen tree trunk. As they attempt to maneuver the car around it, Theo realizes with horror that it is a “deliberate obstruction,” and the Fishes have fallen into... (full context)
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Theo knows that these groups routinely kill one sacrificial victim, and that there is no chance... (full context)
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The Omegas break through the windshield, and Theo and the rest of the group join their dance. When one of the Omegas reaches... (full context)
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While the Omegas are distracted with the car, Theo and Rolf go for Luke’s body, which has been battered and torn beyond recognition. They... (full context)
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Theo and Miriam admire Julian’s unusual calmness, which Miriam attributes to her faith in God, and... (full context)
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...must bury Luke at first light. The group hunkers down beneath another fallen tree, but Theo cannot sleep. He can smell the drying blood on Luke’s coat, which Julian now wears. (full context)
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...for long—there is no real shelter, as the woods are not very large. Miriam and Theo bury Luke at the edge of the little forest, and Julian places his prayer shawl... (full context)
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Julian asks Theo to say the Burial Service, and hands him Luke’s Bible. Theo speaks an abbreviated version... (full context)
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...some rest. Tonight, he says, the group will find another car and get moving again. Theo, Miriam, and Julian pick wild blackberries from a hedge and eat them, then the four... (full context)
Chapter 29
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It is early evening when Theo wakes up. Julian stands over him, and tells him that Rolf has left the group... (full context)
Chapter 30
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Theo sets off for the nearest village as soon as it is dark. It takes him... (full context)
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The couple gathers supplies for Theo, who then forces them to lie down on their bed. He ties them up, but... (full context)
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Theo takes the couple’s car from their garage, and heads back for Miriam and Julian. He... (full context)
Chapter 31
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Theo finds his way back to Miriam and Julian when he recognizes the blood-spattered road where... (full context)
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Theo is suddenly full of “certainty and hope,” and decides that the three of them will... (full context)
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Though there are no maps, Theo is able to navigate with the help of the stars and the occasional signpost. Julian’s... (full context)
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...of food for the three of them, allowing Julian to eat more than herself and Theo combined. Theo reaches the edge of the forest, and Miriam and Julian decide to get... (full context)
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Before they dump the car, Theo wants to listen to the news. On the radio, there is an announcement that “a... (full context)
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Theo, enraged and overwhelmed by his own guilt, berates himself for having actually “enjoyed” threatening the... (full context)
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Miriam tells Theo to get a hold of himself. He suggests they dump the car right away. Theo... (full context)
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Theo asks Miriam and Julian if either of them continue to think of Luke. Julian responds... (full context)
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Julian points out a beautiful tree covered in berries, and Theo feels suddenly as if the forest has “transformed” from a place of darkness and fear... (full context)
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Theo, Miriam, and Julian enter the shed. It is larger than Theo remembered it, but less... (full context)
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Theo sits outside and enjoys a moment of peace, though he keeps his ears open for... (full context)
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From inside the shed, Theo hears “a sharp cry”—he runs back in, asking what he can do to help, and... (full context)
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The late stages of Julian’s labor begin, and Miriam instructs Theo to kneel behind Julian and support her while she pushes. Theo is “both participant and... (full context)
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Miriam instructs Theo to heat the kettle so that Julian can have a warm drink, but as Theo... (full context)
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The baby nurses, and Theo lies with Julian on the soiled birthing sheet. Despite the stench, Theo has “never known... (full context)
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Theo runs through the woods, knowing that if Miriam has been captured by the SSP there... (full context)
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Theo knows that Xan and the police are nearby, and that more than likely they are... (full context)
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Theo returns to the shed and finds Julian and the child resting peacefully. Julian understands that... (full context)
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Theo places Jasper’s last remaining bullet into the revolver and exits the shed. Xan is standing... (full context)
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Theo accuses Xan of murdering every member of The Five Fishes, and Xan admits to it.... (full context)
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Xan implores Theo to remember their happy times at Woolcombe, and tells Theo that he has no desire... (full context)
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Xan reaches for his gun and fires at Theo, but misses. Theo fires and shoots Xan right through the heart. Theo walks over to... (full context)
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Julian is grateful to see Theo alive. The two embrace, and Theo tells her that Xan is dead and the Council... (full context)
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Theo invites the Council members in and orders the Grenadiers to take Xan’s body away. Once... (full context)
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“It begins again,” Theo thinks, “with jealousy, with treachery, with violence, with this ring on my finger.” He considers... (full context)
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Theo asks the Council to leave him and Julian alone. After the Council members leave the... (full context)