Waiting for Godot
How we cite our quotes:
(softly) Has he a beard, Mr. Godot?
Fair or . . . (he hesitates) . . . or black?
I think it's white, Sir.
Christ have mercy on us! (2.823-27)
Vladimir puts two and two together here and concludes that Godot is God. This would be completely logical, except he’s basing his logic on a speech given by a ranting slave tied up on a rope, commanded to think by a tyrannical, deity-like figure, and able to do so only with the help of a bowler hat. The reason his final line in this quote is so emotional is that he fears the consequences of missing a meeting with Godot – even more so than before.
And if we dropped [Godot]? (Pause.) If we dropped him?
He'd punish us. (2.848-9)
Vladimir doesn’t know anything about Godot – what he looks like, who he is, and he even at one point suggests an uncertainty as to the man’s name. Yet Vladimir seems undeniably certain about his fear, which means he is certain of Godot’s power, if nothing else.