"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman

by Harlan Ellison
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What is the importance of the sentence "after all, his name was Everett C. Warm, and he wasn't much to begin with, except a man who had no sense of time"?

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The sentence is important because it tells us what kind of person Everett C. Marm is. This is a man with no sense of time; in fact, you might say he has complete contempt for the very notion of time. And in a time-conscious society like the one depicted in...

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The sentence is important because it tells us what kind of person Everett C. Marm is. This is a man with no sense of time; in fact, you might say he has complete contempt for the very notion of time. And in a time-conscious society like the one depicted in this story, that makes him something of a misfit.

Marm revels in his status as an outsider, which allows him to turn into a full-blown rebel against the tyrannical rule of the Ticktockman. As plain old Everett C. Marm, he's just a nobody, but when he transforms himself into the Harlequin, it's a completely different story. Then he becomes a hero, worshipped and idolized by the countless millions who groan under the lash of the Ticktockman.

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