“Compie” turns out to be a character in Harry’s deathbed hallucinations, as he never left his cot by Helen’s side at the camp. A friend of Harry and Helen’s, Harry imagines Compie flying in to rescue him. At first, Compie plans to fly to a hospital, but later he redirects the plane to Mount Kilimanjaro, where Harry realizes he will lay to rest (though this all only takes place in Harry’s mind).
Compton Quotes in The Snows of Kilimanjaro
The The Snows of Kilimanjaro quotes below are all either spoken by Compton or refer to Compton. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon and Schuster edition of The Snows of Kilimanjaro published in 1987.).
“The Snows of Kilimanjaro” Quotes
Compie turned his head and grinned and pointed and there, ahead, all he could see, as wide as all the world, great, high, and unbelievably white in the sun, was the square top of Kilimanjaro. And then he knew that there was where he was going.
Compton Character Timeline in The Snows of Kilimanjaro
The timeline below shows where the character Compton appears in The Snows of Kilimanjaro. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
“The Snows of Kilimanjaro”