The Green Mile

The Green Mile

by

Stephen King

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Curtis Anderson Character Analysis

The warden’s chief assistant proves a good judge of character. He recognizes William Wharton as a wild, uncaring, animal-like criminal and also proves unafraid to tell Percy what he thinks of him after Delacroix’s horribly botched execution, despite the threat of Percy’s political connections. His serious attitude toward his job is complemented by a light sense of humor.

Curtis Anderson Quotes in The Green Mile

The The Green Mile quotes below are all either spoken by Curtis Anderson or refer to Curtis Anderson. 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 Pocket Books edition of The Green Mile published in 1996.
Part 4: Chapter 5 Quotes

As for your witnesses, most of them will be telling their friends tomorrow night that it was poetic justice—Del there burned a bunch of people alive, so we turned around and burned him alive. Except they won't say it was us. They'll say it was the will of God, working through us. Maybe there's even some truth to that. And you want to know the best part? The absolute cat’s pajamas? Most of their friends will wish they'd been here to see it.

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Page Number: 286
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Curtis Anderson Character Timeline in The Green Mile

The timeline below shows where the character Curtis Anderson appears in The Green Mile. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Chapter 6
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...talk to John Coffey. He then reads the account that the warden’s chief assistant, Curtis Anderson, has written. In this note, Anderson explains that Delacroix’s DOE (date of execution) will come... (full context)
Part 4: Chapter 4
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While the audience gives in to panic and Paul explains to Curtis Anderson that they have gone too far to stop the process now, the remainder of the... (full context)
Death and the Death Penalty Theme Icon
Morality and Justice Theme Icon
...it is his job and Percy looks back at him, furious and sick. Meanwhile, Curtis Anderson is trying to reassure the audience, telling them what happened was the result of a... (full context)
Part 4: Chapter 5
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When Curtis Anderson walks in, screaming, asking what happened, Brutal makes a joke that makes all of them... (full context)
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...him talk first to warden Moores and that no newspapers will publish what has happened, Anderson turns toward Percy and tells him he is an asshole. Using the other men as... (full context)
Part 6: Chapter 5
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Paul himself began to suspect that Wharton could have killed the Detterick twins because Curtis Anderson had written in his report that Wharton had spent a long time wandering around the... (full context)