The Great Divorce

An intelligent, intensely curious man who became so obsessed with understanding “survival”—i.e., how to live on Earth in the best way possible—that he became impatient in the afterlife. Archibald’s example acts as a warning to scientists, theologians, and philosophers, who love the search for knowledge more than they love God.

Sir Archibald Quotes in The Great Divorce

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Chapter 9 Quotes

There was nothing more to prove. His occupation was clean gone. Of course if he would only have admitted that he'd mistaken the means for the end and had a good laugh at himself he could have begun all over again like a little child and entered into joy. But he would not do that. He cared nothing about joy. In the end he went away.

Related Characters: George MacDonald (speaker), Sir Archibald
Page Number: 73
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Sir Archibald Character Timeline in The Great Divorce

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Chapter 9
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MacDonald remembers a man named Sir Archibald . During his life, Archibald was a diligent researcher who wanted to understand “survival.” He... (full context)