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Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz Character Analysis

Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz is the commander of the Vogon spaceship that destroys earth. Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz is a “fairly typical Vogon in that he [is] thoroughly vile.” What’s more, he hates hitchhikers. After annihilating earth, he feels “vaguely irritable,” as he always does after decimating a planet. As such, he’s delighted to discover that Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect have jumped aboard as stowaways—now he can take out his feelings on these freeloaders. Upon finding them, he tortures them with his poetry )Vogon poetry, Adams informs readers, is considered the third worst in the galaxy). After he subjects Arthur and Ford to his terrible verse, he has them thrown into space.

Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz Quotes in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy quotes below are all either spoken by Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz or refer to Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz. 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 3 Quotes

This is Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz of the Galactic Hyperspace Planning Council,” the voice continued. “As you will no doubt be aware, the plans for development of the outlying regions of the Galaxy require the building of a hyperstpatial express route through your star system, and regrettably your planet is one of those scheduled for demolition. The process will take slightly less than two of your Earth minutes. Thank you.

The PA died away.

Uncomprehending terror settled on the watching people of Earth. […]

There’s no point in acting all surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display in your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for fifty of your Earth years, so you’ve had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaint and it’s far too late to start making a fuss about it now.

Related Characters: Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz
Page Number: 34
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Chapter 7 Quotes

“Yes, do continue…” invited the Vogon.

“Oh…and, er…interesting rhythmic devices too,” continued Arthur, “which seemed to counterpoint the…er…er…” he floundered.

Ford leaped to his rescue, hazarding “…counterpoint the surrealism of the underlying metaphor of the…er…” He floundered too, but Arthur was ready again.

“…humanity of the…”

Vogonity,” Ford hissed at him.

“Ah yes, Vogonity—sorry—of the poet’s compassionate soul”—Arthur felt he was on a homestretch now—“which contrives through the medium of the verse structure to sublimate this, transcend that, and come to terms with the fundamental dichotomies of the other”—he was reaching a triumphant crescendo—“and one is left with a profound and vivid insight into…into…er…” (which suddenly gave out on him). Ford leaped in with the coup de grace:

“Into whatever it was the poem was about!” he yelled.

Page Number: 67
Explanation and Analysis:
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Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz Character Timeline in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The timeline below shows where the character Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz appears in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...and speaker on Earth. “People of Earth, your attention, please,” a voice says. “This is Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz of the Galactic Hyperspace Planning Council. As you will no doubt be aware, the plans... (full context)
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Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz informs all Earth-dwellers that it’s too late to “lodge any formal complaint” about the planet’s... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz , Adams notes, is quite ugly. Like all Vogons, his nose is long and his... (full context)
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Having just destroyed Earth, Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz feels “vaguely irritable.” This is how he always feels after “demolishing populated planets.” As such,... (full context)
Chapter 6
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With the fish in his ear, Arthur listens to Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz ’s announcement: “I see from our instruments that we have a couple of Hitchhikers aboard,”... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...Greenbridge, Essex, England. Now, as Arthur and Ford are strapped into torturous “Poetry Appreciation chairs,” Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz smiles and begins reciting one of his original pieces. “Oh freddled gruntbuggly…,” he intones as... (full context)
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Arthur continues to praise Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz ’s poetry, even as Ford gapes at him in disbelief. Soon, though, he begins to... (full context)
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Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz considers for a moment the things Arthur and Ford have said about his poetry. “So... (full context)