Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Haroun Khalifa Character Analysis

Son of Rashid and Soraya Khalifa, and the protagonist of the book. Haroun is a young, inquisitive boy who experiences a major sense of responsibility for saving both Rashid and the Ocean of the Streams of Story. While Haroun's initial questioning of the value of stories is partially responsible for Rashid's sadness, through his adventures on Kahani, Haroun grows to understand both the power of stories as well as their value in society. Haroun's inner monologue consists of constant attempts to at first neatly compartmentalize people and events into black and white categories, but as he becomes more comfortable in the fantasy world of Kahani, he learns to appreciate a balance of different ideas and qualities.

Haroun Khalifa Quotes in Haroun and the Sea of Stories

The Haroun and the Sea of Stories quotes below are all either spoken by Haroun Khalifa or refer to Haroun Khalifa. 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 1 Quotes

"What's the use of stories that aren't even true?"

Related Characters: Mr. Sengupta (speaker), Haroun Khalifa, Rashid Khalifa, Soraya Khalifa
Page Number: 20
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Chapter 2 Quotes

"It was a figure of speech," Mr. Butt replied. "But but but I will stand by it! A figure of speech is a shifty thing; it can be twisted or it can be straight. But Butt's a straight man, not a twister. What's your wish, my young mister?"

Related Characters: Mr. Butt (speaker), Haroun Khalifa, Rashid Khalifa
Page Number: 33
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"'Need to stop?' he bellowed over his shoulder. "'Need to go so quickly?' Well, my sirs, I'll tell you this: Need's a slippery snake, that's what it is. The boy here says that you, sir, Need A View Before Sunset, and maybe it's so and maybe no. And some might say that the boy here Needs A Mother, and maybe it's so and maybe no. And it's been said of me that Butt Needs Speed, but but but it may be that my heart truly needs a Different Sort of Thrill. O, Need's a funny fish: it makes people untruthful. They all suffer from it, but they will not always admit. Hurrah!"

Related Characters: Mr. Butt (speaker), Haroun Khalifa, Rashid Khalifa, Soraya Khalifa
Page Number: 36
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"Khattam-Shud," he said slowly, "is the Arch-Enemy of all Stories, even of Language itself. He is the Prince of Silence and the Foe of Speech. And because everything ends, because dreams end, stories end, life ends, at the finish of everything we use his name. "'It's finished,' we tell one another, 'it's over. Khattam-Shud: The End.'"

Related Characters: Rashid Khalifa (speaker), Haroun Khalifa, Khattam-Shud
Page Number: 39
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"Do those names mean anything?" Haroun asked.
"All names mean something," Rashid replied.

Related Characters: Haroun Khalifa (speaker), Rashid Khalifa (speaker)
Page Number: 40
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Chapter 3 Quotes

When Haroun heard his father say only a story, he understood that the Shah of Blah was very depressed indeed, because only deep despair could have made him say such a terrible thing.

Related Characters: Haroun Khalifa, Rashid Khalifa
Page Number: 48
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He knew what he knew: that the real world was full of magic, so magical worlds could easily be real.

Related Characters: Haroun Khalifa, Rashid Khalifa, Mr. Buttoo
Page Number: 50
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Chapter 4 Quotes

To give a thing a name, a label, a handle; to rescue it from anonymity, to pluck it out of the Place of Namelessness, in short to identify it—well, that's a way of bringing the said thing into being. Or, in this case, the said bird or Imaginary Flying Organism.

Related Characters: Iff (speaker), Haroun Khalifa, Butt
Page Number: 63
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Chapter 5 Quotes

"A strange sort of Story Moon our Kahani would be, if storybook things weren't everywhere to be found." And Haroun had to admit that that was a reasonable remark.

Related Characters: Butt (speaker), Haroun Khalifa, Iff
Page Number: 79
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Chapter 6 Quotes

—"I don't know," panted Iff as he struggled to keep up with the charging boy. "We've never caught a spy before. Maybe we should scold him. Or make him stand in the corner. Or write I must not spy one thousand and one times. Or is that too severe?"

Related Characters: Iff (speaker), Haroun Khalifa, Rashid Khalifa
Page Number: 98
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Haroun noted that many other Pages of the Royal Guard were dressed in half-familiar stories. One Page wore the tale of ‘Bolo and the Wonderful Lamp’; another, ‘Bolo and the Forty Thieves’. Then there was ‘Bolo the Sailor’, ‘Bolo and Juliet’, ‘Bolo in Wonderland’.

Related Characters: Haroun Khalifa, Blabbermouth
Page Number: 99
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Chapter 7 Quotes

Haroun was rather shocked. "That sounds like mutinous talk to me," he suggested, and Iff, Goopy, Bagha and Mali found that very interesting indeed. "What's a Mutinous?" asked Iff, curiously. "Is it a plant?" Mali inquired.
"You don't understand," Haroun tried to say. "It's an Adjective."
"Nonsense," said the Water Genie. "Adjectives can't talk."
"Money talks, they say," Haroun found himself arguing (all this argument around him was proving infectious), "so why not Adjectives? Come to that, why not anything?"

Related Characters: Haroun Khalifa (speaker), Iff (speaker), Mali (speaker), Bagha, Goopy
Page Number: 118
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"But but but what is the point of giving persons Freedom of Speech," declaimed Butt the Hoopoe, "if you then say they must not utilize the same? And is not the Power of Speech the greatest Power of all? Then surely it must be exercised to the full?"

Related Characters: Butt (speaker), Haroun Khalifa, Rashid Khalifa, Iff, General Kitab
Page Number: 119
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"But it's not as simple as that," he told himself, because the dance of the Shadow Warrior showed him that silence had its own grace and beauty (just as speech could be graceless and ugly); and that Action could be as noble as Words; and that creatures of darkness could be as lovely as the children of the light. "If Guppees and Chupwalas didn't hate each other so," he thought, "they might actually find each other pretty interesting. Opposites attract, as they say."

Related Characters: Haroun Khalifa (speaker), Mudra
Page Number: 125
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Chapter 8 Quotes

"All my life I've heard about the wonderful Sea of Stories, and Water Genies, and everything; but I started believing only when I saw Iff in my bathroom the other night. And now that I've actually come to Kahani and seen with my own eyes how beautiful the Ocean is, with its Story Streams in colours whose names I don't even know, and its Floating Gardeners and Plentimaw Fishes and all, well, it turns out I may be too late, because the whole Ocean's going to be dead any minute if we don't do something. And it turns out that I don't like the idea of that, sir, not one bit. I don't like the idea that all the good stories in the world will go wrong for ever and ever, or just die. As I say, I only just started believing in the Ocean, but maybe it isn't too late for me to do my bit."

Related Characters: Haroun Khalifa (speaker), Rashid Khalifa, Iff, General Kitab
Page Number: 137
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"Never thought it'd be so bad!"
"We have failed you! We feel sad!"
"I feel terrible! She feels worse!"
"We can hardly speak in verse."

Related Characters: Bagha (speaker), Goopy (speaker), Haroun Khalifa, Iff, Butt, Mali
Page Number: 140
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Chapter 9 Quotes

"It's our own fault," he wept. "We are the Guardians of the Ocean, and we didn't guard it. Look at the Ocean, look at it! The oldest stories ever made, and look at them now. We let them rot, we abandoned them, long before this poisoning. We lost touch with our beginnings, with our roots, our Wellspring, our Source. Boring, we said, not in demand, surplus to requirements. And now, look, just look! No colour, no life, no nothing. Spoilt!"

Related Characters: Iff (speaker), Haroun Khalifa, Khattam-Shud, Mali
Page Number: 146
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"But this is all too fanciful for words," he told himself. "A boat made out of shadows? A shadow-ship? Don't be nuts." But the idea kept nagging at him, and wouldn't let go. Look at the edges of everything here, said a voice in his head. The edges of the poison tanks, the crane, the ship itself. Don't they look, well, fuzzy? That's what shadows are like; even when they're sharp, they're never as sharp-edged as real, substantial things.

Related Characters: Haroun Khalifa (speaker), Khattam-Shud, Iff
Page Number: 152
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"That's him? That's him?" Haroun thought, with a kind of disappointment. "This little minging fellow? What an anti-climax."

Related Characters: Haroun Khalifa (speaker), Khattam-Shud
Page Number: 153
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Chapter 10 Quotes

We must make a great many poisons, because each and every story in the Ocean needs to be ruined in a different way. To ruin a happy story, you must make it sad. To ruin an action drama, you must make it move too slowly. To ruin a mystery you must make the criminal's identity obvious even to the most stupid audience..."

Related Characters: Khattam-Shud (speaker), Haroun Khalifa, Iff
Page Number: 160
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"But why do you hate stories so much?" Haroun blurted, feeling stunned. "Stories are fun..."
"The world, however, is not for Fun," Khattam-Shud replied. "The world is for Controlling."
"Which world?" Haroun made himself ask.
"Your world, my world, all worlds," came the reply. "They are all there to be Ruled. And inside every single story, inside every Stream in the Ocean, there lies a world, a story-world, that I cannot Rule at all. And that is the reason why."

Related Characters: Haroun Khalifa (speaker), Khattam-Shud
Page Number: 161
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Chapter 12 Quotes

"Happy endings must come at the end of something," the Walrus pointed out. "If they happen in the middle of a story, or an adventure, or the like, all they do is cheer things up for a while."

Related Characters: The Walrus (speaker), Haroun Khalifa, Rashid Khalifa
Page Number: 202
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"Don't, Dad," said Haroun, his good mood deflating all at once. "Don't you get it? It isn't real. It's just something the Eggheads got out of a bottle. It's all fake. People should be happy when there's something to be happy about, not just when they get bottled happiness poured over them from the sky."

Related Characters: Haroun Khalifa (speaker), Rashid Khalifa, The Walrus
Page Number: 208
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Chapter 1: The Shah of Blah
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...stands by the sea and in its factories it manufactures sadness. A young boy named Haroun lives there with his mother, Soraya Khalifa, who loves to sing, and his father, Rashid... (full context)
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Haroun accompanies his father to his performances every chance he gets, in awe of Rashid's talent.... (full context)
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...they are solidly middle class. People in the sad city mostly have big families, but Haroun is an only child, and wants to know why. Rashid tells Haroun, "there's more to... (full context)
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...criticizing Rashid and his stories, insisting that there's no use in stories that aren't true. Haroun, eavesdropping from outside, decides that he doesn't like Mr. Sengupta, but he can't get the... (full context)
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...wrong, it was the first day of the rainy season in the sad city, and Haroun took his time walking home from school to play in the downpour. Upon arriving at... (full context)
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...about him and about storytelling. Rashid pathetically cries that storytelling is all he knows, and Haroun loses his temper and shouts, "What's the use of stories that aren't even true?" These... (full context)
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After Soraya leaves, Haroun finds that he can't keep his attention on something for more than 11 minutes at... (full context)
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...causes much confusion and makes for excitable mail service employees. Rashid insists that he and Haroun go, since the weather is still nice in the Town of G and the Valley... (full context)
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On the train, Rashid tells Haroun about the wonders of the Valley of K, particularly the beauty of the Dull Lake.... (full context)
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Haroun and Rashid are shut in a hot office while the two large men yell at... (full context)
Chapter 2: The Mail Coach
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The henchmen drop Rashid and Haroun off at the bus station and zoom away. The station is plastered with rhyming signs... (full context)
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Haroun hears a booming voice behind him, which says that the game isn't fair, but it's... (full context)
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When Rashid reemerges from the ticket office, Haroun and Mr. Butt are waiting in the Mail Coach. Rashid and the other passengers are... (full context)
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Haroun as well is silent with fear. Roadside signs warning of the danger no longer rhyme,... (full context)
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...can enjoy the sunset over the Valley of K. The colors are magnificent. Rashid hugs Haroun and admits that for a time, he thought they were done for: "khattam-shud." Haroun asks... (full context)
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...into the valley, Mr. Butt drives slowly, saying there's no need for speed now that Haroun and Rashid have had their view. A sign that had once read "Welcome to K"... (full context)
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The Mail Coach arrives in the bus depot after dark, and as Haroun and Rashid disembark, Mr. Butt says he'll be there when they return to drive them... (full context)
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...a boat in the shape of a swan is waiting for them. Mr. Buttoo tells Haroun and Rashid that they'll be staying in the finest houseboat on the lake, and Haroun... (full context)
Chapter 3: The Dull Lake
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...sadness and gloom, and Rashid demands that whoever is making the stink admit to it. Haroun explains that it's the Mist of Misery, and Mr. Buttoo cries out that Haroun is... (full context)
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...hot wind. As the boat begins to rock, fear rises and the rocking gets worse. Haroun, taking matters into his own hands, commands everyone to stop talking, and at the authority... (full context)
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...of books called “The Ocean of the Streams of Story.” The boatmen show Rashid and Haroun to their rooms. The bed in Rashid's room is in the shape of a peacock,... (full context)
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Haroun finds it hard to sleep, and finally gets out of bed when he hears Rashid... (full context)
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Haroun has just dozed off when he wakes to a noise coming from the bathroom. The... (full context)
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Slowly, the little man reappears in the bathroom and snaps at Haroun to return the Disconnector. Haroun refuses, and looking at the tool, notices that the tool... (full context)
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...the Grand Comptroller, also known as the Walrus, in Gup City on the moon Kahani. Haroun retorts that Rashid will still be able to tell stories, but Iff insists that the... (full context)
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Haroun asks Iff to take him to Gup City to see the Walrus so he can... (full context)
Chapter 4: An Iff and a Butt
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Iff commands Haroun to pick a bird, to which Haroun points out that the peacock bed is the... (full context)
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Iff reaches into his pocket and pulls out a handful of tiny birds and instructs Haroun to choose one. Haroun points to the Hoopoe, which impresses Iff. Iff notes that the... (full context)
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Haroun notes, as the speed of their travel pushes him deeply into the bird's feathers, that... (full context)
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As they travel through the sky, Haroun spots something in the distance, which Butt says is Kahani, the earth's second moon. Haroun... (full context)
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Haroun, noticing that there's no land in sight, accuses Iff of playing a trick on him.... (full context)
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Iff explains to Haroun that the Ocean of the Streams of Story is made up of a thousand and... (full context)
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Haroun finds himself on a giant chessboard, looking out through the eyes of the story's hero.... (full context)
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Haroun wakes to find Iff next to him, looking worried. Iff asked if the story went... (full context)
Chapter 5: About Guppees and Chupwalas
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As Haroun, Butt, and Iff journey towards Gup City, Haroun considers that many ideas he formerly considered... (full context)
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Haroun asks Iff to tell him about Khattam-Shud, and Iff replies with Rashid's exact words, that... (full context)
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Haroun has many questions about life on Kahani, but finds his attention diverted by the numerous... (full context)
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Iff and the Gardener exchange greetings, and Haroun notes that the Gardener isn't very talkative. Iff replies that this Gardener is talkative, for... (full context)
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Hearing more voices, Haroun looks down into the Ocean and sees two triangular Angel Fish, big as sharks with... (full context)
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Iff tells Haroun that Plentimaw Fish swallow stories, and in their bellies, the stories mix and then new... (full context)
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...of King Chattergy, the Parliament of Gup, and the P2C2E House. Butt drops Iff and Haroun off at the edge of the Lagoon in the Pleasure Garden. Haroun notices a number... (full context)
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Iff turns to Haroun and tells him that with the war, the Walrus won't have time for Haroun's request,... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Spy's Story
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...Rashid says that he is a storyteller and a subscriber to the Story Water service. Haroun begins to push his way through the crowd and as he goes, he hears Guppees... (full context)
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A young page named Blabbermouth is sent to escort Haroun to the royal quarters of the palace. Blabbermouth wears a tunic with the story “Bolo... (full context)
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...death. When Bolo inquires as to what the food is, Rashid offers a mysterious answer. Haroun worries that they'll punish Rashid, but Bolo just laughs. (full context)
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Haroun muses that the Guppees are quite a gentle and credulous people, as well as peaceful,... (full context)
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...devotees to Bezaban sew their lips together with twine and die of hunger and thirst. Haroun finally inquires as to what Bezeban is, and Rashid answers that it's a gigantic idol... (full context)
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...angrily asks Rashid why he did nothing, and the other dignitaries look pained. Iff, seeing Haroun's anger, whispers that they don't let princes do anything important and not to worry about... (full context)
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Haroun, despite his protests, is sent to bed, and Blabbermouth is told to lead Haroun to... (full context)
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Haroun asks Blabbermouth if she's a girl, and Blabbermouth, incensed, drags Haroun behind a curtain to... (full context)
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Many hours later, Haroun wakes in his darkened room with Blabbermouth sitting on his chest, squeezing his throat. She... (full context)
Chapter 7: Into the Twilight Strip
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As Haroun wakes, he thinks that he's in another Princess Rescue Story, and hopefully this one won't... (full context)
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Hearing a commotion outside, Haroun runs to the window to see hundreds of Pages rushing around the garden and arguing... (full context)
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When Blabbermouth and Haroun reach the garden, the Guppee Library had just finished “Pagination and Collation,” and Blabbermouth flees... (full context)
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Rashid and Haroun board Butt the Hoopoe with Iff, and Haroun introduces his father to Mali, Goopy, and... (full context)
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As they travel, Haroun thinks about how quickly life changes, thinking that last week he'd never seen snow, but... (full context)
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Haroun becomes aware that all around him, Guppees are engaged in heated debates over the pros... (full context)
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Haroun thinks that if soldiers behaved this way on Earth, they'd be reprimanded quickly. Butt asks... (full context)
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As the army and the debates continue, Haroun notices that Prince Bolo is the only one not taking part in a debate. Mali... (full context)
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The light begins to dim, and soon the army finds itself in the Twilight Strip. Haroun starts to feel fatalistic and fears that their mission is suicidal and they'll never win.... (full context)
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Rashid leads Prince Bolo, General Kitab, Haroun, and Blabbermouth through thorn bushes, and finally points to a clearing. In the clearing is... (full context)
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...face is painted green with bright red lips and white stripes across his cheeks. As Haroun watches the warrior and his shadow battle, he thinks that it's a dance of beauty... (full context)
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Haroun considers the adventure in which he finds himself, thinking of all the opposites at play... (full context)
Chapter 8: Shadow Warriors
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...manage to make are "Gogogol" and "Kafkafka," which Prince Bolo loudly insults. Blabbermouth hisses to Haroun that Bolo is pretending to be rude because he's scared, and Haroun keeps his opinions... (full context)
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Rashid interprets Mudra's Abhinaya, and Haroun notices that the language involves foot placement, eye movements, and face twitching. Mudra says that... (full context)
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...and turns itself into all manner of terrifying creatures, while Mudra pretends to be bored. Haroun muses on the genius of this, as nobody can truly tell what Mudra and his... (full context)
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...overthrow Khattam-Shud, and Mudra agrees, but says they must make a decision. Blabbermouth whispers to Haroun that the decision will be whether to save Batcheat or the Ocean, and she expresses... (full context)
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...tirade. General Kitab agrees, but decides that someone must go to investigate the Old Zone. Haroun volunteers to go, sparking disbelief. General Kitab asks why Haroun would volunteer, and Haroun feels... (full context)
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Haroun, Iff, Goopy, Bagha, Mali, and Butt make their way through the Twilight Strip to the... (full context)
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...after, Goopy and Bagha are unable to keep swimming in the thick, poisoned water, and Haroun asks them to keep watch. Iff, Haroun, Butt, and Mali continue south, and a forest... (full context)
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When a reasonable channel had been cleared, Haroun, Iff, and Butt enter. Haroun calls for Mali but gets no answer. Suddenly, they hear... (full context)
Chapter 9: The Dark Ship
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Iff, Butt, and Haroun are pulled slowly forward, but Haroun cannot think of what they’re being taken to. Iff... (full context)
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...of Iff's slippers falls into the water and is quickly eaten by the acid, horrifying Haroun. Haroun remarks that Butt must be tough to not be eaten himself, and Butt moodily... (full context)
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The Chupwalas pull the Web of Night away, and Haroun sees that they've reached a clearing in the weeds. In front of them is what... (full context)
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The Chupwalas lead Butt to a gangway so Haroun and Iff can board the ship. Two Chupwalas remove Butt's brain box amidst Butt's cries,... (full context)
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Haroun sees darkness pouring out of the ship’s portholes like light would pour out of normal... (full context)
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Haroun is struck by what he terms a “shadowy” quality that everything on the ship possesses.... (full context)
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Iff and Haroun are pushed towards a large hatchway, and out of the doors comes Khattam-Shud. He looks... (full context)
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Haroun thinks that Khattam-Shud looks a little fuzzy or shadowy. He thinks this is likely the... (full context)
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Suddenly, Haroun thinks that Khattam-Shud reminds him of someone. Khattam-Shud comes close to Haroun and begins a... (full context)
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Khattam-Shud seems not to notice Haroun's outburst, but says that stories have warped Haroun's brain. He says that stories have made... (full context)
Chapter 10: Haroun's Wish
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...the darkness created by the darkbulbs switches off and turns to twilight, and Iff and Haroun can see into the ship. They follow Khattam-Shud into the ship's belly, and Haroun thinks... (full context)
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...the original story out, which he mixes on the ship and pours into the ocean. Haroun, stunned, asks why Khattam-Shud hates stories so much, and says that stories are fun. Khattam... (full context)
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After 11 minutes, Haroun stops listening but continues following Khattam-Shud and Iff. He starts paying attention again when he... (full context)
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Haroun asks how the divers can survive in the water without being hurt, and Khattam-Shud shows... (full context)
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Haroun, noticing that Khattam-Shud's attention is not on him, bites the Bite-a-Lite. Light pours from his... (full context)
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Haroun is overcome with hopelessness as he hits the water, and he falls through the Ocean.... (full context)
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Returning to the surface, Haroun notices that he's come up right next to the disabled Butt the Hoopoe. He sees... (full context)
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Haroun reaches into his other pocket and pulls out the half-full bottle of Wishwater that Iff... (full context)
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Haroun lies on Butt's back, concentrating, for 11 minutes, at which point the Chupwala search team... (full context)
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Haroun opens his eyes to the sunlight. Chupwalas begin to shrink and melt, and the ship... (full context)
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Iff declares that Butt has blown a fuse and Haroun feels responsible for ruining Butt. Iff says that a mechanical brain can be replaced, and... (full context)
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Haroun wonders out loud what happened to Khattam-Shud, and Iff shrugs and says that he certainly... (full context)
Chapter 11: Princess Batcheat
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The narrator jumps quickly to explain what took place in Chup while Haroun was in the Old Zone. Princess Batcheat was being held at the Citadel of Chup,... (full context)
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...Blabbermouth happily accepts. Water Genies sent to search the Ocean soon locate Butt the Hoopoe, Haroun, Iff, Mali, Goopy, and Bagha. The party is reunited with Rashid and Blabbermouth on the... (full context)
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Haroun, wandering around the party, is approached by an Egghead who coldly tells him that he... (full context)
Chapter 12: Was It the Walrus?
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Haroun decides that he needs Witnesses to help him explain to the Walrus why his wish... (full context)
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Haroun enters P2C2E House and watches the Eggheads moving about. He asks three Eggheads how to... (full context)
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...sending the room back into laughter. When the laughter subsides, the Walrus rises and tells Haroun that to honor him for the service he's done for Kahani and the Ocean, he's... (full context)
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...than rules, and because of their rarity, the Eggheads have learned how to synthesize them. Haroun protests that it's impossible to put happy endings in bottles, but seems uncertain. The Walrus... (full context)
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Haroun then boldly wishes for a happy ending for his adventure, as well as a happy... (full context)
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It is then time for Haroun and Rashid to go home. Haroun has particular trouble saying goodbye to Blabbermouth, who takes... (full context)
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Haroun wakes to bright sunshine and finds Rashid sipping tea on a balcony, still in his... (full context)
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Haroun realizes that his adventure on Kahani took place in less than one night, and he... (full context)
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Returning to his room, Haroun notices an envelope on his pillow. Inside is a note from Blabbermouth, signed by her... (full context)
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...stories. Mr. Buttoo had decorated the park with happy decorations and pro-Buttoo political posters, but Haroun notices that the large crowd is mostly scowling. Mr. Buttoo snaps at Rashid that he's... (full context)
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Rashid takes the stage as Haroun watches from the side. Haroun is shocked when Rashid addresses the audience and tells them... (full context)
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When Haroun and Rashid arrive in the sad city, it's still pouring. Rashid happily suggests they walk... (full context)
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A policeman, floating by on an umbrella, interrupts and tells Haroun that there is something to be happy about—the city remembered its name, Kahani, which means... (full context)
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Rashid is still overjoyed and Haroun is still in a dark mood as they turn onto their lane. Miss Oneeta comes... (full context)
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Soraya Khalifa opens the door to the apartment and Haroun and Rashid are frozen, staring at her. Soraya joins them in the rain and says... (full context)
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When Haroun goes to bed that night, he holds the Hoopoe in his hand and tells it... (full context)