World War Z

World War Z

by

Max Brooks

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David Allen Forbes Character Analysis

A British writer who describes how some people across the Continent took shelter in ancient castles. The castles’ high walls and other fortifications, which had been built for protection against invaders in medieval times, proved to be excellent protection against the zombies since they could not climb. Forbes himself took shelter in Windsor Castle, which the Queen had opened up to the public. Forbes speaks reverently of the Queen’s decision to stay in Windsor Castle and serve her people.

David Allen Forbes Quotes in World War Z

The World War Z quotes below are all either spoken by David Allen Forbes or refer to David Allen Forbes. 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 Three Rivers edition of World War Z published in 2006.
Chapter 6: Around the World, and Above Quotes

She…she wouldn’t leave, you see. She insisted, over the objections of Parliament, to remain at Windsor, as she put it, “for the duration.” I thought maybe it was misguided nobility, or maybe fear-based paralysis. I tried to make her see reason, begged her almost on my knees.

What did she say?

“The highest of distinctions is service to others.” […] Their task, their mandate, is to personify all that is great in our national spirit. They must forever be an example to the rest of us, the strongest, and bravest, and absolute best of us.

Page Number: 193-194
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David Allen Forbes Character Timeline in World War Z

The timeline below shows where the character David Allen Forbes appears in World War Z. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: Around the World, and Above
The Fragility of Privilege and Modern Life Theme Icon
Province of Bohemia, The European Union. David Allen Forbes is a British artist working on his second book, called Castles of the Zombie War:... (full context)
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The Fragility of Privilege and Modern Life Theme Icon
Forbes adds that castles had many dangers within them, like pneumonia at Muiderslot in Holland. People... (full context)
The Fragility of Privilege and Modern Life Theme Icon
Forbes himself took shelter in Windsor Castle. He says that it was, “from a defensive standpoint,... (full context)
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Forbes also discloses that “she” wouldn’t leave Windsor Castle, even though the Parliament objected to her... (full context)