The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion

by

Thomas Hardy

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Christoph is Matthäus Tina’s friend in the German Legion and his collaborator in the escape to Germany. He plays a vital part in the plan, collecting a boat from the harbor in which the two hope to row to the French coast. Due to a navigational error, however, Tina and Christoph find themselves in Jersey (a British island) instead of France, and are captured for desertion and sentenced to death. Christoph demonstrates the same loyalty and self-sacrifice as Tina when the two of them claim full responsibility for the escape, allowing the other accompanying soldiers to avoid capital punishment. Christoph is buried alongside Matthäus Tina in the village churchyard in Dorset.

Christoph Quotes in The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion

The The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion quotes below are all either spoken by Christoph or refer to Christoph. 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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Part 5 Quotes

Their graves were dug at the back of the little church, near the wall. There is no memorial to mark the spot, but Phyllis pointed it out to me. While she lived she used to keep their mounds neat; but now they are overgrown with nettles, and sunk nearly flat. The older villagers, however, who know of the episode from their parents, still recollect the place where the soldiers lie. Phyllis lies near.

Page Number: 21
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Christoph Character Timeline in The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion

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Part 3
Captivity, Restriction, and Escape Theme Icon
Love vs. Societal Expectations Theme Icon
...the regiment will soon be leaving the area, and he will escape with his friend, Christoph, one night in the next week, meet Phyllis on the highway, and take a boat... (full context)
Part 4
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One night the following week, Phyllis, Matthäus Tina, and Christoph make their escape. The plan is for Tina to meet Phyllis at the fork in... (full context)
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Love vs. Societal Expectations Theme Icon
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...saddened to leave her. Phyllis begs Tina to remain in England, but he cannot abandon Christoph or leave his mother waiting for him, so he continues with the escape. (full context)
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Phyllis watches Matthäus Tina walking away and eventually meeting Christoph further down the highway. She is tempted for a moment to rush forward and go... (full context)
Part 5
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...fall forwards, the other backwards. When the soldiers, later revealed to be Matthäus Tina and Christoph, are shot, Phyllis shrieks and falls to the ground, though nobody past the garden wall... (full context)
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It transpires that Matthäus Tina and Christoph made it to the boat, but navigated to Jersey instead of France in error. There,... (full context)