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The Curate

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The Curate is a character that The Narrator encounters after the Weybridge attack. He is described as having a 'fair weakness', 'flazen curls' and 'large, pale, blue eyes'. He seems very afraid of everything that is going on.

The two travel on together and get stuck in a house were they sought shelter, when a cyllinder falls next to it. They have to be quiet in case the Martians hear them and for days they share a peephole from which they can see Martian activity.

After about 10 days, the Curate becomes reckless and starts talking to himself. He seems to think this is all God's punishment and that people are wicked. The Narrator has to slap him to return him to sanity because otherwise hewould betray their position. On the 12th day he starts yelling and cannot be quieted. The Narrator hits him with a shovel and he, presumably, dies. A Martian has heard the noise and takes the body of the Curate.

This is similar to what happened to Harlan Ogilvy in the 2005 film.

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