The Moon is Down

by

John Steinbeck

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Captain Bentick Character Analysis

A member of the invading military. Captain Bentick is a friendly man who’s a bit too old to be a lowly captain, though his unambitious military career doesn’t bother him. Instead, he focuses on other, more pleasant things, like his penchant for dressing in the style of a distinguished Englishman. In fact, his love of British culture is so strong that he smokes an English pipe and vacations in Sussex whenever he has the chance. Unfortunately for him, though, he is the first soldier to die in the town. This happens when Captain Loft comes to relieve him one day from his shift overseeing the coal miners. Enraged by the fact that he’s being forced to work, a local miner named Alexander Morden attacks Loft, at which point Captain Bentick intervenes and receives a pickaxe to the head.
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Captain Bentick Character Timeline in The Moon is Down

The timeline below shows where the character Captain Bentick appears in The Moon is Down. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...in, thinking he is the colonel, but the man tells them his name is Captain Bentick and that he has arrived in anticipation of the colonel in order to carry out... (full context)
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“I believe there are some firearms here?” Captain Bentick asks, opening a notebook in reference. When Doctor Winter expresses his surprise at how much... (full context)
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...bright white hair atop his head fights to stand up after having been combed. Captain Bentick introduces himself and then goes to collect the two guns Mayor Orden owns. When he... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...ranking officials of the military move into the top floor of Mayor Orden’s palace. Captain Bentick is a kind man obsessed with acting like a British gentleman. Major Hunter is an... (full context)
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...pieces of equipment, he tells Major Hunter and Lieutenant Prackle that he has just seen Bentick, who is overseeing the townspeople as they labor in the coal mine. Loft says Bentick... (full context)
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...backyard at home. When Colonel Lanser arrives, he asks Captain Loft to go relieve Captain Bentick from his shift in the mines. “May I suggest, sir, that I only recently came... (full context)
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...that moment, Captain Loft comes swiftly into the room and informs Colonel Lanser that Captain Bentick has been killed. Apparently, as Loft was relieving Bentick in the mines, an enraged miner... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...held. As they do so, they talk about Alexander Morden, the man who killed Captain Bentick in the mine. Joseph tells Annie that the trial will be for Alexander, who used... (full context)