Verified by Psychology Today. Pura Vida. At one point in Douglas Adams's hilarious Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , a baby sperm whale has some thoughts as it plummets toward the planet Magrathea. This appealing but doomed animal had just been "called into existence" several miles above the planet's surface, when one of two nuclear missiles, directed at our heroes' space ship, had been inexplicably — and indeed, improbably - transformed via an "Infinite Improbability Drive.
Bill Bailey: The Whale
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy () - Bill Bailey as The Whale - IMDb
If we were really organizing this page by how much we like characters, the Whale oh, poor, sweet whale and the Bowl of Petunias would be at the top of the page. We love these two because 1 they make us laugh; and 2 they make us think. The whale and petunias scene really demonstrates how the narrative point of view works in Hitchhiker's Guide : we don't need to know what the whale and the petunias are thinking before they crash—that doesn't affect the plot and the other characters at all. It's pure and simple digression, but we get it anyway because this narrator loves digressions. Also, the whale and petunias digression nicely shows off Adams's style of anti-climactic humor.
The bowl of petunias and a sperm whale
Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Join Goodreads. And since this is not a naturally tenable position for a whale, this poor innocent creature had very little time to come to terms with its identity as a whale before it then had to come to terms with not being a whale any more.
Sign in. The Book : It is important to note that suddenly, and against all probability, a sperm whale had been called into existence, several miles above the surface of an alien planet. And since this is not a naturally tenable position for a whale, this innocent creature had very little time to come to terms with its identity.