Twelve Angry Men

Nine Character Analysis

An elderly, good-natured man, Nine is compassionate and thoughtful, unlike many of the other jurors. He is the first to change his “guilty” vote to “not guilty” during the secret ballot vote. He does so primarily because he respects Eight’s courage in standing alone and wants to have the chance to see the case fully discussed.

Nine Quotes in Twelve Angry Men

The Twelve Angry Men quotes below are all either spoken by Nine or refer to Nine. 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 The Dramatic Publishing Company edition of Twelve Angry Men published in 1983.
Act 1 Quotes

Nine: (to Ten very slowly). I don't know that. What a terrible thing for a man to believe! Since when is dishonesty a group characteristic? You have no monopoly on the truth.

Related Characters: Nine (speaker), Ten
Page Number: 16
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Seven: Now wait a second. What are you, the guy's lawyer? Listen, there are still eleven of us who think he's guilty. You're alone. What do you think you're gonna accomplish? If you want to be stubborn and hang this jury, he'll be tried again and found guilty, sure as he's born.

Eight: You're probably right.

Seven: So what are you gonna do about it? We can be here all night.

Nine: It's only one night. A man may die.

Related Characters: Seven (speaker), Eight (speaker), Nine (speaker)
Page Number: 25
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Act 2 Quotes

Nine: [Pointing at Eight] This gentleman chose to stand alone against us. That's his right. It takes a great deal of courage to stand alone even if you believe in something very strongly. He left the verdict up to us. He gambled for support, and I gave it to him. I want to hear more. The vote is ten to two.

Related Characters: Nine (speaker), Eight
Page Number: 28-29
Explanation and Analysis:

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Nine: It's just that I looked at him for a very long time. The seam of his jacket was split under the arm. Did you notice that? He was a very old man with a torn jacket, and he carried two canes. I think I know him better than anyone here. This is a quiet, frightened, insignificant man who has been nothing all his life, who has never had recognition—his name in the newspapers. Nobody knows him after seventy-five years. That's a very sad thing. A man like this needs to be recognized. To be questioned, and listened to, and quoted just once. This is very important.

Twelve: And you're trying to tell us he lied about a thing like this just so that he could be important?

Nine: No. He wouldn't really lie. But perhaps he'd make himself believe that he heard those words and recognized the boy's face.

Related Characters: Nine (speaker), The old man downstairs
Page Number: 33-34
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Nine Character Timeline in Twelve Angry Men

The timeline below shows where the character Nine appears in Twelve Angry Men. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
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...nervously offers gum to the men at the water cooler and makes idle chat. Juror Nine responds to Juror Seven with a polite no. Juror Twelve complains about the heat in... (full context)
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...he lives among “them”, and is convinced that none of “them” can be trusted. Juror Nine calls out Juror Ten on his prejudice and says Ten doesn’t have a “monopoly on... (full context)
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...case. Juror Seven angrily responds that he doesn’t want to stay all night, deliberating. Juror Nine retorts that it’s just one night, and a boy’s life is at stake. (full context)
Act 2
...it was that made him change. As Three and Seven insist that Five tell them, Nine interrupts that he was the one who changed his vote. Nine explains that he recognized... (full context)
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...have had a motive for doing so. Eight says perhaps someone with an old grudge. Nine says it's not easy to explain his doubt, and that it's only a feeling that... (full context)
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...are calling the old man a liar. He asks why the old man would lie. Nine replies that he looked at the old man for a long time and he noticed... (full context)
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Nine says that the old man wouldn't lie, but he might make himself believe something that... (full context)
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...Eight is the one who always wants to see exhibits from the trial. Five and Nine quickly add that they want to see this exhibit as well. (full context)
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...the door in the 15 seconds that he said it took him to do so. Nine reminds them that the old man was very positive about the length of time. Three... (full context)
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...man had to be helped into the witness chair and could only move very slowly. Nine says, “it's a long walk for a man who uses canes.” Eight paces off the... (full context)
Act 3
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Nine thanks Eleven for reminding them of their opportunity to be unbiased judges. Four says he's... (full context)
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Nine says that because the woman across the tracks saw the murder, someone else on the... (full context)
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...to move from his bedroom to the door, but it must've been almost 40 seconds. Nine asks, can the old man lie only part of the time? Eight says that for... (full context)
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...As he speaks, Five gets up from the table and goes to the window, then Nine gets up and goes to the window, and then Seven does. (full context)
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...jury. Eight says that there is nothing the rest of them can do about that. Nine comments that it takes a lot of courage to stand alone, which echoes his earlier... (full context)