The Chrysalids

The Inspector is in charge of granting Certificates of Normalcy to newborn Waknukians and determining what is and is not made in the Image of God. He and Joseph Strorm disagree about whether great-horses should be classified as Mutations. The Inspector is not as uncompromising in his beliefs as is Joseph, and, unlike Joseph, he is kind to David when he finds out that David has concealed Sophie’s mutation. He grants Petra a Certificate of Normalcy because she looks like a normal child.

The Inspector Quotes in The Chrysalids

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Chapter 6 Quotes

“Well, every part of the definition is as important as any other; and if a child doesn’t come within it, then it isn’t human, and that means it doesn’t have as soul. It is not in the image of God, it is an imitation, and in the imitations there is always some mistake. Only God produces perfection, so although deviations may look like us in many ways, they cannot be really human. They are something quite different.”

Related Characters: The Inspector (speaker), Sophie Wender
Page Number: 55
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The Inspector Character Timeline in The Chrysalids

The timeline below shows where the character The Inspector appears in The Chrysalids. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
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...or not the “great-horses” which Angus has newly acquired constitute an Offense. Joseph complains to the Inspector that the horses look wrong, but the Inspector tells him that the great-horses are Government-sanctioned.... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...for Sophie’s sake. When he does return home the next morning, he is met by the Inspector and his father, who is livid. The Inspector tells David that he could go to... (full context)
Chapter 6
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The Inspector visits David at home and asks him more about Sophie. David tells him that Sophie... (full context)
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David finds it difficult to promise the Inspector that he will report future Blasphemies, because he cannot convince himself that Sophie is truly... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...baby cannot be called a baby until it is issued a Certificate of Normalcy by the Inspector . The Inspector delays his house call as long as possible to anger Mr. Strorm,... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...thinking it is meant for a family member, gives it to Rachel rather than to the Inspector . Rachel does not tell the neighbor she has read the address on the note... (full context)
Chapter 11
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A few days later, Uncle Axel tells David that a friend of the Inspector has been asking about him and Rosalind. He suspects that Petra might be to blame.... (full context)