The Long Rain


Ray Bradbury

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General Mendt Character Analysis

An American military general who drowned in the rain on Venus before the start of the story. He was found perched on a rock, head tilted back, mouth open, and lungs filled with water. Simmons explains the details of General Mendt’s death to the lieutenant as support for his decision to shoot Pickard, as he’s gone insane and is now trying to drown himself by breathing in the rain just like General Mendt did.

General Mendt Quotes in The Long Rain

The The Long Rain quotes below are all either spoken by General Mendt or refer to General Mendt. 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 Simon & Schuster edition of The Long Rain published in 1981.
The Long Rain Quotes

He slipped and fell. Lie here, he thought; it’s the wrong one. Lie here. It’s no use. Drink all you want.

But he managed to climb to his feet again and crossed several creeks, and the yellow light grew very bright, and he began to run again, his feet crashing into mirrors and glass, his arms flailing at diamonds and precious stones.

Related Characters: Lieutenant (speaker), Simmons, Pickard, General Mendt
Related Symbols: Sun Dome
Page Number: 95
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General Mendt Character Timeline in The Long Rain

The timeline below shows where the character General Mendt appears in The Long Rain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...means by drown. Simmons can’t believe that the lieutenant doesn’t know the story of how General Mendt died. They found him “sitting on a rock with his head back, breathing the rain.... (full context)