The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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Trillian is a woman from earth who left six months before the planet is destroyed by the Vogons. Trillian has “a degree in math and another in astrophysics,” which is why she decided to travel to outer space: “what else was there to do” on earth? One night, while attending a party, she met Zaphod, who was paying earth a rare visit. On that same night, Arthur tried to flirt with her, but Zaphod approached and said, “Hey, doll, is this guy boring you? Why don’t you talk to me instead? I’m from a different planet.” Since then, she has been traveling with Zaphod. A voice of reason, she often critiques the “freewheel[ing]” president, pointing out errors in his thinking. Beyond this, she doesn’t play a very large role in the novel, as Douglas Adams fails to incorporate her in the majority of the characters’ conversations.

Trillian Quotes in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy quotes below are all either spoken by Trillian or refer to Trillian. 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 11 Quotes

He tapped irritably at a control panel. Trillian quietly moved his hand before he tapped anything important. Whatever Zaphod’s qualities of mind might include—dash, bravado, conceit—he was mechanically inept and could easily blow the ship up with an extravagant gesture. Trillian had come to suspect that the main reason he had had such a wild and successful life was that he never really understood the significance of anything he did.

Related Characters: Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian
Page Number: 90
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Chapter 12 Quotes

One of the major difficulties Trillian experienced in her relationship with Zaphod was learning to distinguish between him pretending to be stupid just to get people off their guard, pretending to be stupid because he couldn’t be bothered to think and wanted someone else to do it for him, pretending to be outrageously stupid to hide the fact that he actually didn’t understand what was going on, and really being genuinely stupid. He was renowned for being amazingly clever and quite clearly was so—but not all the time, which obviously worried him, hence the act. He preferred people to be puzzled rather than contemptuous. This above all appeared to Trillian to be genuinely stupid, but she could no longer be bothered to argue about it.

Related Characters: Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian
Page Number: 99
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“Can we work out,” said Zaphod, “from their point of view what the Improbability of their rescue was?”

“Yes, that’s a constant,” said Trillian, “two to the power of two hundred and seventy-six thousand, seven hundred and nine to one against.”

“That’s high. They’re two lucky lucky guys.”

“Yes.”

“But relative to what we were doing when the ship picked them up…”

Trillian punched up the figures. They showed two-to-the-power-of-Infinity-minus-one to one against (an irrational number that only has a conventional meaning in Improbability Physics).

Related Symbols: The Heart of Gold
Page Number: 101
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 14 Quotes

The Heart of Gold fled on silently through the night of space, now on conventional photon drive. Its crew of four were ill at ease knowing that they had been brought together not of their own volition or by simple coincidence, but by some curious perversion of physics—as if relationships between people were susceptible to the same laws that governed the relationships between atoms and molecules.

As the ship’s artificial night closed in they were each grateful to retire to separate cabins and try to rationalize their thoughts.

Related Symbols: The Heart of Gold
Page Number: 110
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Trillian Character Timeline in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The timeline below shows where the character Trillian appears in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
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...audience applause dies down. “Hi,” he says again. Looking out into the crowd, he finds Trillian, “a girl that [he] picked up recently while visiting a planet.” (full context)
Chapter 11
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In the Heart of Gold’s main cabin, Zaphod and Trillian listen to the computerized voice read out measures of probability. “Four to one against and... (full context)
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Trillian sends a robot named Marvin to fetch the hitchhikers. “I think you ought to know... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Back in the main cabin, Trillian asks Zaphod if he can find any hidden meaning in the coordinates where they accidentally... (full context)
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Trillian consults a map of the universe and isolates the area where they picked up the... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...to Zaphod. “You must admit he did turn out to be from another planet,” says Trillian, referring to Zaphod. “Tricia McMillan?” Arthur asks. “What are you doing here?” Trillian responds by... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...speeds through “the night of space,” its passengers have trouble sleeping. To pass the time, Trillian watches her two pet mice, whom she brought from earth in a cage. While she... (full context)
Chapters 17-18
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...of a planet where you can be contacted, kindly speak when you hear the tone.” Trillian points out that the planet seems to want them to leave, but Zaphod ignores this,... (full context)
Chapters 19-20
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...of Gold lands safely on Magrathea. As everybody prepares to venture onto the planet’s surface, Trillian discovers that her pet mice have escaped their cage, but nobody except her seems to... (full context)
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...that he found are “Z.B.”: Zaphod Beeblebrox. Just as he reveals this to Ford and Trillian, “a steel shutter slam[s] down behind them and gas start[s] to pour into the chamber.”... (full context)
Chapter 29
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While Arthur learns about the hyperintelligent pandimensional beings in Slartibartfast’s office, Trillian and Ford try to rouse Zaphod from his gas-induced slumber. Finally, they manage to wake... (full context)
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As the Sens-O-Tape shifts around them, Zaphod continues telling Ford and Trillian about the oddity he found in his brains. “Whatever happened to my mind, I did... (full context)
Chapter 31
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...hears a tiny voice that says, “Welcome to lunch, Earth creature.” Looking down, he sees Trillian’s mice on the table. “Arthur,” Trillian says, “this is Benjy mouse. And this is Frankie... (full context)
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...mice lift off the table in their glass cases and start moving toward Arthur. Meanwhile, Trillian, Ford, and Zaphod try to pull Arthur away while opening the door. Unfortunately, a group... (full context)
Chapter 33
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...warning, the cops’ guns go silent. Gradually emerging from behind their protective wall, Zaphod, Ford, Trillian, and Arthur discover that the cops have died because “the tiny life-support system computer” on... (full context)