The Hairy Ape

by

Eugene O’Neill

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Second Engineer Character Analysis

A middle-aged engineer who works on the ocean liner. After Mildred convinces the captain of the ship to let her visit the stokehole, this man is charged with escorting her. Before they descend, he tries to tell her that her white dress will get dirty as they make their way down, but she refuses to change, saying that she has “lots of white dresses.”

Second Engineer Quotes in The Hairy Ape

The The Hairy Ape quotes below are all either spoken by Second Engineer or refer to Second Engineer. 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:
Pride, Identity, and Belonging Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Hairy Ape published in 1995.
Scene Four Quotes

And there she was standing behind us, and the Second pointing at us like a man you’d hear in a circus would be saying: In this cage is a queerer kind of baboon than ever you’d find in darkest Africy. We roast them in their own sweat—and be damned if you won’t hear some of thim saying they like it! (He glances scornfully at Yank.)

[…]

’Twas love at first sight, divil a doubt of it! If you’d seen the endearin’ look on her pale mug when she shriveled away with her hands over her eyes to shut out the sight of him! Sure, ’twas as if she’d seen a great hairy ape escaped from the Zoo!

Related Characters: Paddy (speaker), Yank, Mildred Douglas, Second Engineer
Page Number: 168
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Second Engineer Character Timeline in The Hairy Ape

The timeline below shows where the character Second Engineer appears in The Hairy Ape. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Scene Two
Exploitation, Oppression, and the Individual Theme Icon
When the Second Engineer comes to fetch Mildred, he tries to make small talk while waiting for another... (full context)
Scene Four
Pride, Identity, and Belonging Theme Icon
Exploitation, Oppression, and the Individual Theme Icon
Aggression and Stupidity Theme Icon
...if he hasn’t been interrupted, saying, “And there she was standing behind us, and the Second pointing at us like a man you’d hear in a circus would be saying: In... (full context)