Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Spiridon Character Analysis

Spiridon is a bouzouki player from Corfu whom Pelagia hires to play in Drosoula's taverna. He reminds her of Corelli. Iannis also idolizes Spiridon and asks Spiridon to teach him to play the bouzouki so that he can impress girls. Spiridon gets Iannis started playing Corelli's mandolin and when Corelli reappears, he shares that Spiridon is a relatively famous musician.
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Spiridon Character Timeline in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

The timeline below shows where the character Spiridon appears in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 70. Excavation
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...foreign women have kissed him. When Iannis is ten, Pelagia hires a bouzouki player named Spiridon. He plays with such spirit that even the stony-faced Germans dance. Both Pelagia and Iannis... (full context)
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...and have lots of sex. He yearns for sexual maturity and notices that women love Spiridon, so one day he asks if Spiridon will teach him to play the bouzouki. Spiridon... (full context)
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Alexi refuses to send construction workers to the old house, so Iannis pesters Spiridon to help him. They arrive at the site and look at the rusted communal oven,... (full context)
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Spiridon attempts to open the trapdoor but it won't budge. He realizes he'll need a crowbar... (full context)
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Everything inside is in perfect condition. Spiridon and Iannis find a German gramophone, a big crocheted bedcover, Italian writing, a rifle, and... (full context)
Chapter 71. Antonia Sings Again
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Eventually, Pelagia recovers and buys Iannis mandolin strings. Spiridon cleans the mandolin and begins teaching Iannis to play. Iannis is hooked immediately and cares... (full context)
Chapter 73. Restitution
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...Corelli's personal apology and turns the conversation to Iannis and music. Corelli says he knows Spiridon because Spiridon is somewhat famous. (full context)