Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Stamatis Character Analysis

Stamatis is an elderly man in Dr. Iannis's village. He's been deaf in one ear since childhood, which Dr. Iannis cures by extracting a pea out of Stamatis's ear at the beginning of the novel. This makes Stamatis's world significantly less pleasant: he can suddenly hear his wife nagging him and he also becomes aware of his friend Kokolios's unpatriotic communism. He himself is a monarchist. Though he argues all the time with Kokolios and Dr. Iannis at the kapheneia over their political beliefs, the three men band together when Greece becomes a target of World War Two. When the Italians are forced to surrender to the Germans and put up a fight, Stamatis goes to help with Kokolios and Velisarios. He dies in Kokolios's arms when they're marched to a concentration camp during the Greek Civil War, suggesting that Stamatis learned the importance of friendship and finally chose to put it above his political beliefs.

Stamatis Quotes in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

The Captain Corelli’s Mandolin quotes below are all either spoken by Stamatis or refer to Stamatis. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin published in 1994.
Chapter 9 Quotes

"I have always been a Venizelist; I am not a monarchist, and I am not a Communist. I disagree with both of you, but I cure Stamatis' deafness and I burn out Kokolios' warts. This is how we should be. We should care for each other more than we care for ideas, or else we will end up killing each other."

Related Characters: Dr. Iannis (speaker), Stamatis, Kokolios
Page Number: 52
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Stamatis Character Timeline in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

The timeline below shows where the character Stamatis appears in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1. Dr Iannis Commences his History and is Frustrated
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...sits at home and chuckles about his medical successes of the day--namely, curing old man Stamatis's earache, which Dr. Iannis discovered was the result of a pea in the ear canal.... (full context)
Chapter 7. Extreme Remedies
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Stamatis interrupts Dr. Iannis. He asks if Dr. Iannis can put the pea back in his... (full context)
Chapter 9. August 15th, 1940
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...Kokolios announces that when Lenin is in charge, they'll have the best life as well. Stamatis, who became suddenly aware of Kokolios's communism after the pea was extracted, curses. They exchange... (full context)
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...returns to the kapheneia. He knows something is wrong as soon as he enters; both Stamatis and Kokolios are crying and Father Arsenios is preaching outside. Kokolios explains that the Italians... (full context)
Chapter 16. Letters to Mandras at the Front
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Pelagia continues that Dr. Iannis, Stamatis, and Kokolios have banded together to praise the military and Metaxas despite their differing political... (full context)
Chapter 23. April 30th, 1941
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...the day of the Italian invasion, the Cephalonians know the worst is coming. Kokolios and Stamatis clean a hunting rifle together, at last putting aside their ideological differences. Men expect to... (full context)
Chapter 29. Etiquette
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...says "good morning" to Pelagia and then uses the obscenity to greet Velisarios, Kokolios, and Stamatis. When they all scowl at him, he thinks he shouldn't try to speak Greek at... (full context)
Chapter 43. The Great Big Spiky Rustball
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...mine and needs men to dig him a trench so he can safely do so. Stamatis and Kokolios agree to do it for two chickens each. (full context)
Chapter 55. Victory
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...They refuse. Dr. Iannis and Pelagia sit in their kitchen, wondering if Corelli is dead. Stamatis and Kokolios knock on the door. They ask for Dr. Iannis's blessing to go shoot... (full context)
Chapter 63. Liberation
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Dr. Iannis, Kokolios, and Stamatis are all taken away, and Pelagia considers committing suicide. She recalls saying that she'd always... (full context)
Chapter 64. Antonia
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...to bed. He spends the rest of his life dreaming of forced marches and watches Stamatis and Kokolios dying in each other's arms again and again. He plays with Antonia and... (full context)
Chapter 71. Antonia Sings Again
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...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 captured in those photos... (full context)