Explain Latimer's last words to Ridley in the allusion made in the book Farenheight 451. The quote is: "Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in...

Explain Latimer's last words to Ridley in the allusion made in the book Farenheight 451.

The quote is: "Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England as, I trust, shall never be put out!"

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clane eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Hugh Latimer is telling Master Nicholas Ridley, as they're being burned at the stake side by side for treason against Queen Mary Tudor, that they are martyrs for their beliefs. He is telling him that they are not dying for nothing, they are "lighting a candle" by dying for their beliefs which will never be put out. They were renowned for their work and studied under the pseudo-reign of Lady Jane Grey, but as soon as Mary Tudor's rightful throne was restored she had them imprisoned and later burned at the stake for treasonous acts against England.

onoimazn | Student

This allusion can be made well to Professor Faver telling Montag, the fireman, that even if he dies trying to turn the world and society back into a book loving community, he will, like Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer, be making a spark in history that will not be put out or he is creating an idea that will never die.

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