Zero Hour

by

Ray Bradbury

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Mr. Henry Morris Character Analysis

Mr. Morris is Mrs. Morris’s husband and Mink’s father. He appears to be the typical middle-class white-collar business man living in a cookie-cutter suburban neighborhood. As a logical adult, Mr. Morris thinks his wife has gone crazy when she starts babbling about an alien Invasion. It’s not until Mr. Morris has tangible signs of the invasion—the sound of heavy footsteps belonging to at least fifty people crowded in his house, a strange blue light behind the attic door, an odd smell, and a foreign sound in his daughter’s voice—that Mr. Morris finally accepts the Invasion as reality.

Mr. Henry Morris Quotes in Zero Hour

The Zero Hour quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Henry Morris or refer to Mr. Henry Morris. 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:
Impressionability and Manipulation Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon and Schuster edition of Zero Hour published in 1949.
“Zero Hour” Quotes

“We’re having trouble with guys like Pete Britz and Dale Jerrick. They’re growing up. They make fun. They’re worse than parents. They just won’t believe in Drill. They’re so snooty, ‘cause they’re growing up. You’d think they’d know better. They were little only a coupla years ago. I hate them worse. We’ll kill them first.”

“Your father and I last?”

“Drill says you’re dangerous. Know why? ‘Cause you don’t believe in Martians! They’re going to let us run the world. Well, not just us, but the kids over in the next block, too. I might be queen.”

Related Characters: Mrs. Mary Morris (speaker), Mink Morris (speaker), Drill, Mr. Henry Morris, Pete Britz, Dale Jerrick
Page Number: 260
Explanation and Analysis:

She was babbling wild stuff now. It came out of her. All the subconscious suspicion and fear that had gathered secretly all afternoon and fermented like a wine in her. All the little revelations and knowledges and sense that had bothered her all day and which she had logically and carefully and sensibly rejected and censored. Now it exploded in her and shook her to bits.

Related Symbols: The Attic
Page Number: 265
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mr. Henry Morris Character Timeline in Zero Hour

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Henry Morris appears in Zero Hour. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
“Zero Hour”
Impressionability and Manipulation Theme Icon
Adults vs. Children Theme Icon
Peace, War, and Alien Invasions Theme Icon
Imagination and Logic Theme Icon
...and that “We’ll kill them first.” Mrs. Morris jokingly asks if she and her husband, Henry, will be killed last. Mink answers that according to Drill, all parents are “dangerous” because... (full context)
Peace, War, and Alien Invasions Theme Icon
...into the driveway, and Mr. Morris gets out, waving hello to Mink. Mink ignores her father and continues to prepare for the Invasion with the other kids. When he goes inside,... (full context)
Imagination and Logic Theme Icon
A low buzzing noise begins to sound, and Mrs. Morris’ eyes widen. Nervously, she asks Henry if the kids were playing with electricity or anything else dangerous, but Henry says no.... (full context)
Impressionability and Manipulation Theme Icon
Peace, War, and Alien Invasions Theme Icon
Imagination and Logic Theme Icon
Suddenly, an explosion shakes the house, and Mrs. Morris screams. She and Henry hear several explosions go off in other people’s yards. Frantically, Mrs. Morris screams for her... (full context)
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Peace, War, and Alien Invasions Theme Icon
Imagination and Logic Theme Icon
...suspicions she had “logically and carefully and sensibly rejected and censored.” Wildly, Mrs. Morris tells Mr. Morris that they should be safe until nightfall, but then they should try to sneak out. (full context)
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Peace, War, and Alien Invasions Theme Icon
Henry yells that his wife has gone crazy, but upon hearing Mink’s voice downstairs, Mrs. Morris... (full context)
Impressionability and Manipulation Theme Icon
Adults vs. Children Theme Icon
Peace, War, and Alien Invasions Theme Icon
Imagination and Logic Theme Icon
...house is filled with the sound of footsteps coming from at least fifty people, and Henry angrily shouts about who is “tramping around” in his house. Through the sounds of the... (full context)
Adults vs. Children Theme Icon
Peace, War, and Alien Invasions Theme Icon
Mink calls out for her mother and father again, and the lock on the attic door melts. The door opens, revealing Mink, flanked... (full context)