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Lunkwill Character Analysis

A “hyperintelligent pandimensional being” who works as a programmer on a long-running project to find an answer to “Life, the Universe and Everything.” Lunkwill and his colleague Fook are the two programmers chosen to turn on Deep Thought, a supercomputer designed to provide them with the answer they seek. Like Fook, Lunkwill is overjoyed when Deep Thought indicates that there is, in fact, an answer to “Life, the Universe and Everything.” However, he’s deeply disappointed to hear that it will take the computer 7,500,000 years to arrive at this answer.

Lunkwill Quotes in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy quotes below are all either spoken by Lunkwill or refer to Lunkwill. 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 Random House edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy published in 1979.
Chapter 25 Quotes

“You want to check your legal position, you do, mate. Under law the Quest for Ultimate Truth is quite clearly the inalienable prerogative of your working thinkers. Any bloody machine goes and actually finds it and we’re straight out of a job, aren’t we? I mean, what’s the use of our sitting up half the night arguing that there may or may not be a God if this machine only goes and gives you his bleeding phone number the next morning?”

“That’s right,” shouted Vroomfondel, “we demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!”

Related Characters: Lunkwill, Fook, Deep Thought, Majikthise, Vroomfondel
Page Number: 171
Explanation and Analysis:
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Lunkwill Character Timeline in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The timeline below shows where the character Lunkwill appears in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 25
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...computer was named Deep Thought. When Deep Thought was finally turned on, two programmers named Lunkwill and Fook asked it if it was the most powerful computer “in all time.” Deep... (full context)
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Suddenly, two philosophers burst into the room where Lunkwill and Fook are talking to Deep Thought. These men are Majikthise and Vroomfondel, and they... (full context)
Chapters 26-27
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...the “great day of the Answer,” which was documented on a Sens-O-Tape 7,500,000 years after Lunkwill and Fook asked Deep Thought about the meaning of “Life, the Universe and Everything.” Slartibartfast... (full context)