The Life of Galileo


Bertolt Brecht

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The Procurator Character Analysis

The Procurator is Galileo’s superior at Padua University. He is sensitive to Galileo’s genius and need for more money, even if he can’t help Galileo get a raise. A product of his time, the Procurator values both philosophy and theology over religion and he regrets that someone of Galileo’s obviously formidable talent should have chosen a career in base mathematics. The Procurator is especially proud of Padua University as a bastion of free thought.

The Procurator Quotes in The Life of Galileo

The The Life of Galileo quotes below are all either spoken by The Procurator or refer to The Procurator. 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 Penguin Books edition of The Life of Galileo published in 2008.
Scene 1 Quotes

God help us, I'm not half as sharp as those gentlemen in the philosophy department. I'm stupid. I understand absolutely nothing. So I'm compelled to fill the gaps in my knowledge. And when am I supposed to do that? When am I to get on with my research?

Related Characters: Galileo Galilei (speaker), The Procurator
Page Number: 13
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Scene 2 Quotes

Today a world-famous scholar is offering you, and you alone, a highly marketable tube, for you to manufacture and sell as and how you wish.

Related Characters: The Procurator (speaker), Galileo Galilei
Page Number: 19
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The Procurator Character Timeline in The Life of Galileo

The timeline below shows where the character The Procurator appears in The Life of Galileo. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Scene 1
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Directly after, the Procurator of Padua University arrives to tell Galileo that the raise he requested has been denied.... (full context)
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The Procurator laments that a great intellectual like Galileo didn’t choose a more profitable field of study,... (full context)
Scene 3
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Mrs. Sarti interrupts the two men to introduce the Procurator. He has arrived to tell Galileo the shocking news that the telescope wasn’t an original... (full context)