Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Mandras is a young fisherman who falls in love with Pelagia after hurting himself and requiring medical attention from Dr. Iannis. He does whatever he can to impress her, which often makes him behave ridiculously. He often tries to impress her by bringing her fish that he catches with the help of his dolphin friends, Kosmas, Nionios, and Krystal. Because of this, Pelagia begins to doubt that they're truly right for each other, as she wants someone who will be able to talk to her about politics. However, Pelagia isn't aware that Mandras is serious and interested in politics; he just thinks it's inappropriate to speak to women about politics. Mandras proposes on St. Gerasimo's feast day and within a week of becoming engaged, he leaves the village to join the Greek army. When he leaves, he's thrilled to be able to do something meaningful that will make him an impressive man to Pelagia and the rest of the village. He returns months later a broken, emaciated, and parasite-infested man. Pelagia cares for him and because Mandras can tell she's disgusted with him, he desperately wants to leave and prove himself again. He admits to Pelagia that he never returned any of her letters because he's illiterate, so he forces her to read them to him and intimidates her into only telling him nice things. After the Italians invade, Mandras runs off again and joins the partisan group ELAS. The leader of ELAS, Hector, recognizes that Mandras is friendless, angry, and therefore vulnerable to manipulation. During Mandras's time in ELAS, he becomes well versed in communist theory, learns to hate the British and most other Greek people, and learns that he, as a member of ELAS, owns everything. He returns to claim Pelagia after the war, intimidates her, and attempts to rape her. When his mother Drosoula learns what he did, she disowns him. Realizing that he has no way forward, Mandras goes to the sea and commits suicide. Kosmas, Nionios, and Krystal push his body back towards shore.

Mandras Quotes in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

The Captain Corelli’s Mandolin quotes below are all either spoken by Mandras or refer to Mandras. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 13 Quotes

It occurred to Pelagia that perhaps the same scene had been enacted generation after generation since Mycenean times; perhaps in the time of Odysseus there had been young girls like herself who had gone to the sea in order to spy on the nakedness of those they loved. She shivered at the thought of such a melting into history.

Related Characters: Pelagia (speaker), Mandras
Page Number: 89
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Chapter 21 Quotes

As she reached for it she realized for the first time, and with a small shock, that she had learned enough from her father over the years to become a doctor herself. If there was such a thing as a doctor who was also a woman. She toyed with the idea, and then went to look for a paintbrush, as though this action could cancel the uncomfortable sensation of having been born into the wrong world.

Related Characters: Pelagia, Dr. Iannis, Mandras, Drosoula
Page Number: 134
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Chapter 28 Quotes

"You have to be firm with these people, or they start doing what they like...You won't believe this, but half of these peasants are Royalists. Just imagine! Identifying yourself with the oppressors!"

It had never occurred to Mandras to be anything other than a Royalist, but he nodded in agreement.

Related Characters: Hector (speaker), Mandras
Page Number: 194
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Chapter 36 Quotes

But on that evening, one of the Venizelists who was about to risk his life by defecting to EDES came up to him later in the darkness, sympathetically offering him a cigarette, and explaining, "Look, you don't have to understand all that jargon from our sesquipedalian friend, because all it boils down to is that you've got to do just as he says, or he'll cut your throat."

Related Characters: Mandras, Hector
Page Number: 232
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Chapter 3. The Strongman
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...down the road. As the smoke clears, they hear a groan and see that young Mandras happened to come around the corner and received an old nail in the shoulder. Velisarios... (full context)
Chapter 7. Extreme Remedies
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...has ever done. After he finishes his task, he sits in the shade and watches Mandras flirt with Pelagia. Dr. Iannis forces Father Arsenios to drink water, chases the goat off... (full context)
Chapter 8. A Funny Kind of Cat
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At home, Dr. Iannis finds Mandras and Pelagia flirting. Mandras explains that his nail wound is giving him trouble, but Dr.... (full context)
Chapter 9. August 15th, 1940
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...but they're interrupted by Pelagia at the door. She asks her father to come home; Mandras fell out of the olive tree and has shards of pottery in his backside. Dr.... (full context)
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Dr. Iannis tells Mandras he's an idiot and asks if he's going to ask Pelagia to marry him. He... (full context)
Chapter 11. Pelagia and Mandras
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...privy, she watches the clouds and thinks of them as spies who saw her kissing Mandras. She notices that her period is due soon and thinks of a poor young girl... (full context)
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When Mandras rows out of the harbor, he sings a song to call the dolphins. He wonders... (full context)
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...herself on Pelagia's chest, making her even hotter. Pelagia thinks of Dr. Iannis saying that Mandras had a backside like a classical statue and wonders when he'll ask her to marry.... (full context)
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Mandras mends his nets and thinks of the war. Father Arsenios helped Mandras get the paperwork... (full context)
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Pelagia takes bread from the communal oven and wonders where Mandras is. She promises she won't give her fish to Psipsina if Mandras comes for dinner. (full context)
Chapter 12. All the Saint's Miracles
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...assembly of men dressed in absurd costumes. She notices a tap on her shoulder and Mandras is behind her. He drunkenly asks Pelagia to marry him. After a moment, she quietly... (full context)
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Mandras becomes extremely drunk before he can find Dr. Iannis. As evening approaches, everyone prepares for... (full context)
Chapter 13. Delirium
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The night of the feast, Pelagia lies in bed and dreams about having sex with Mandras. She thinks she could never follow orders from Mandras and wonders what marriage will be... (full context)
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At dinner, Dr. Iannis suggests that Mandras hasn't come because he's still hung over. Pelagia is relieved that her father knows about... (full context)
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On the second day, Pelagia waits for Mandras but he doesn't come. On the third day, she goes down to the sea and... (full context)
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Pelagia's tears are interrupted by Mandras at the door. He apologizes for being late and says he just spoke to Dr.... (full context)
Chapter 16. Letters to Mandras at the Front
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Pelagia records her letters to Mandras. In the first, she wonders if he's not getting her letters or if his replies... (full context)
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Pelagia begins her next letter by saying she's becoming accustomed to Mandras not replying. For St. Basil's Day, Dr. Iannis got her a book of political writings... (full context)
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Pelagia begins her hundredth letter to Mandras. She's glad that she hasn't seen his name on the list of the dead. Metaxas... (full context)
Chapter 18. The Continuing Literary Travails of Dr. Iannis
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...the Venetian occupation, which is what he wanted to write about. He thinks that since Mandras left, Pelagia has been emotionally unwell. She's anxious, panicky, and then calm. She suddenly picks... (full context)
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It's clear that Mandras won't write and Dr. Iannis knows that Pelagia is becoming bitter and believes Mandras doesn't... (full context)
Chapter 20. The Wild Man of the Ice
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...man, and finds a scrap of cheese in his pocket. Pelagia realizes the man is Mandras. (full context)
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Mandras asks Pelagia for coffee and says he stinks. Pelagia feels helpless and accuses Mandras of... (full context)
Chapter 21. Pelagia's First Patient
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...as part of the Lausanne settlement. Within two years, Drosoula learned Greek and married. During Mandras's absence Drosoula and Pelagia became friends. Now, Pelagia runs to her for help. Drosoula enters... (full context)
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Drosoula hacks away at Mandras's hair and burns the lice. She discovers eczema and infected scratches. Pelagia runs to fetch... (full context)
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...Pelagia finally recovers from the stench, she instructs Drosoula to attend to the rest of Mandras's body while she deals with his feet. Fortunately, Mandras's feet aren't as bad as they... (full context)
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The next morning, Dr. Iannis returns from the mountain and discovers Mandras in Pelagia's bed. He doesn't recognize him. Later, Pelagia tells him everything she did. He... (full context)
Chapter 22. Mandras Behind the Veil
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Mandras tells the reader that Pelagia, Dr. Iannis, and Drosoula all talk about him as though... (full context)
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Mandras walked for days and felt as though Pelagia lay next to him at night. He... (full context)
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Mandras hitched rides on trucks and then walked the final miles to Pelagia's house. When he... (full context)
Chapter 23. April 30th, 1941
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At Drosoula's house, Pelagia sits shamefully with Mandras. She believes he's torturing her deliberately, as he spent days rigid and drooling, got up... (full context)
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Pelagia begins with the first letters and is privately aghast at them. Mandras glares at her whenever she pauses. As she reaches the letters where she begins to... (full context)
Chapter 26. Sharp Edges
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...copy of The Complete and Concise Home Doctor. She does chores and thinks about Corelli. Mandras interrupts her reverie, having suddenly returned to normal on the day the Italians invaded. Mandras... (full context)
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Pelagia fetches the waistcoat she embroidered for Mandras and asks if he'd like to take it. He inspects it and remarks that the... (full context)
Chapter 27. A Discourse on Mandolins and a Concert
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...sight of pretty girls and ridden for her. The face keeps switching between Corelli and Mandras. She makes it stay on Corelli and finally wakes and becomes aware of what she's... (full context)
Chapter 28. Liberating the Masses (1)
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Mandras joins a small guerilla group with no plan or purpose. They spend months living in... (full context)
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In the days before Mandras meets Hector, he dreams of Pelagia. One evening, ten ELAS men surround Mandras and his... (full context)
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Then, Hector gives Mandras a pistol and tells him to shoot the man. Mandras kneels, puts the pistol to... (full context)
Chapter 32. Liberating the Masses (2)
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Mandras comes to idolize Hector. They steal a lamb one morning and Mandras thinks that with... (full context)
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When the shepherd asks for a gold sovereign in compensation for the lamb, Hector and Mandras laugh at him. The shepherd insists that EDES and the British always pay for their... (full context)
Chapter 34. Liberating the Masses (3)
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...the disappearance of that runner on the Italians, the Germans, the peasants, or the British. Mandras stands outside while Myers reprimands Hector, marveling at the height and the paleness of the... (full context)
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Hector tells Mandras that the British are fascists and suggests they go teach the villagers who tattled on... (full context)
Chapter 36. Education
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...so anti-British when the British are the only ones who have tried to help Greece. Mandras, however, is immediately sucked into Hector's discussion. Hector mentions that Lenin and Marx were intellectuals,... (full context)
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Mandras pledges his support to Hector, hoping that one day he'll be able to read What... (full context)
Chapter 47. Dr. Iannis Counsels his Daughter
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...admits that he likes Corelli a great deal, but reminds Pelagia that she's engaged to Mandras. Dr. Iannis insists that this will make people hate her. Then, he says that love... (full context)
Chapter 63. Liberation
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Drosoula is out when Mandras returns. He doesn't knock and comes upon Pelagia finishing her bedcover, which she decided to... (full context)
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Mandras leans casually against the door to intimidate Pelagia. He asks when they're getting married and... (full context)
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Pelagia stands and tells Mandras to let her out, but he strikes her, flings her onto the bed, and attempts... (full context)
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Mandras remembers that he used to love the sea. He stands at the shore, kicks off... (full context)
Chapter 70. Excavation
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...Iannis that the mandolin is extremely valuable, but Iannis isn't paying attention. He waves around Mandras's rifle and pulls the trigger. Iannis is so surprised and scared when the gun goes... (full context)
Chapter 71. Antonia Sings Again
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...her. He patiently looks on as she flips through the photo album pointing out Weber, Mandras, Carlo, Kokolios and Stamatis, and Corelli. Iannis is struck by the realization that the present... (full context)
Chapter 73. Restitution
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...reminds Corelli that Antonia could've been the product of rape and tells him about shooting Mandras. Corelli shows Pelagia the handkerchief he used to wipe the blood off her face when... (full context)