Rudge is a talented athlete from a working-class background. The teachers all underestimate him, and don’t believe that he has much chance of being accepted to Oxford. Rudge surprises them, however, although he gets in partly because his father was once a janitor at the school. Rudge is brusquely honest throughout the play, and several times makes a blunt, insightful comment that cuts to the core of things. He eventually works in construction, helping to build “affordable homes for first-time buyers.”
Rudge Quotes in The History Boys
The The History Boys quotes below are all either spoken by Rudge or refer to Rudge. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Farrar, Strauss and Giroux edition of The History Boys published in 2006.).
Act 2 Quotes
How do I define history? It’s just one fucking thing after another.
Related Characters: Rudge (speaker)
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Rudge Character Timeline in The History Boys
The timeline below shows where the character Rudge appears in The History Boys. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...last year of school before applying to universities—enter as well. They are Posner, Dakin, Scripps, Rudge, Lockwood, Akthar, Timms, and Crowther. They remove Hector’s motorcycling gear and show it to the... (full context)
...summer is over, he says, the boys are back to continue with their real education. Rudge asks why Hector is implying that A Levels aren’t education. Hector responds that they’re just... (full context)
...knowledge that they do have, like answering a question about Rembrandt with knowledge about Ingres. Rudge asks if Ingres was an “old master,” and this leads Timms to quote a poem.... (full context)
...Timms runs a dry-cleaning business and does drugs. Dakin is a highly paid tax lawyer. Rudge is a builder of “handy homes.” Rudge himself protests to this characterization, saying, “like them... (full context)