Todd Hewitt: Main character, the youngest in Prentisstown and the last boy. He finds Viola and soon after finds himself in the worst trouble of his life. He is running from Prentisstown.
“Noise ain't truth.”
“The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.”
“We all fall. What matters is if we can get back up.”
“...Tho as far as I know no one's heard no Noise back from this God fella.”
“She presses a button on the side of the box and-whoosh-we've got ourselves a whole, full-sized, instant campfire. I just stand there like a fool, my mouth wide open. I want a campfire box.”
“But a knife ain't just a thing, is it? It's a choice, it's something you do. A knife says yes or no, cut or not, die or don't. A knife takes a decision out of your hand and puts it in the world and it never goes back again.”
“You might as well just crumple up the world I know and throw it away.”
“A knife makes no decisions, the hand holding it does.”
“'I think maybe everybody falls,' I say. 'I think maybe we all do. And I don't think that's the asking. I think the asking is whether we get back up again.'”
“When luck ain't with you, it's against you.”
“The noise is just tremendous. All-consuming, like a real thing you could taste and touch.So loud, Noise is obliterated.So loud, it's the quietest I've ever felt.”
“She hurts.I know all this.I know it's true.Cuz I can read her.I can read her Noise even tho she ain't got none.I know who she is.I know Viola Eade”
Todd Hewitt: He escaped Prentisstown before they could turn him into a killer, but now he's the psychotic Mayor's favorite disciple. He thinks his presence is influencing the Mayor for the better. His feelings for Viola keep him grounded. While he lets the Mayor teach him Noise control and how to control others, he remains a decent human being, which inspires the Mayor to pretend to be one, too. In the end, the Mayor commits suicide as a gift to Todd, who is promptly shot by 1017. Todd is comatose at the end of the novel, but improving.
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