Haroun and the Sea of Stories

A Chupwala Shadow Warrior who speaks Abhinaya, the gesture language. Mudra was originally Khattam-Shud's second in command, but he grew uncomfortable with the fanaticism and violence that Khattam-Shud promoted. His shadow, while technically part of the same person, allows Mudra to keep his true thoughts confidential, as he and his Shadow can put on opposite acts as needed.

Mudra Quotes in Haroun and the Sea of Stories

The Haroun and the Sea of Stories quotes below are all either spoken by Mudra or refer to Mudra. 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 Granta Books and Penguin edition of Haroun and the Sea of Stories published in 1991.
Chapter 7 Quotes

"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

"And of course there can be quarrels between the Shadow and the Substance or Self or Person; they can pull in opposite directions—how often have I witnessed that!-- but just as often there is a true partnership, and mutual respect. —So Peace with the Chupwalas means Peace with their Shadows, too."

Related Characters: Mudra (speaker)
Page Number: 132
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Chapter 11 Quotes

And as for the rest, well, their vows of silence and their habits of secrecy had made them suspicious and distrustful of one another.

Related Characters: Mudra
Page Number: 185
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Mudra Character Timeline in Haroun and the Sea of Stories

The timeline below shows where the character Mudra appears in Haroun and the Sea of Stories. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8: Shadow Warriors
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...the Warrior has been speaking Abhinaya, the Language of Gesture, and that his name is Mudra. Rashid adds that he knows Abhinaya. Mudra and his shadow nod furiously and begin gesturing... (full context)
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After a few minutes of "listening," Rashid tells General Kitab and Prince Bolo that Mudra is a friend to them, as well as the Champion Warrior of Chup, second in... (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.... (full context)
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Mudra picks up the narrative and says that Khattam-Shud has made trouble with shadows, as Khattam-Shud's... (full context)
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Prince Bolo can no longer hold his tongue and suggests that Mudra is a traitor and setting a trap. General Kitab, usually mild-mannered, tells Bolo to be... (full context)
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General Kitab asks Mudra if he will help them overthrow Khattam-Shud, and Mudra agrees, but says they must make... (full context)
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...Batcheat was being held at the Citadel of Chup, so General Kitab, Prince Bolo, and Mudra the Shadow Warrior led the Guppee forces there to rescue her. The air in Chup... (full context)
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...of Bat-Mat-Karo, where the battle will take place. Rashid joins General Kitab, Prince Bolo, and Mudra on the hill to translate Mudra's Abhinaya, along with a group of Pages, including Blabbermouth,... (full context)
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Bolo, Kitab, Mudra, and Rashid rush outside to see Blabbermouth celebrating her rescue. She tells Bolo that she... (full context)
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...enable them to remain united and support each other, while the Chupwalas end up, as Mudra predicted, primarily fighting their own Shadows. After a short skirmish, the Chupwalas throw down their... (full context)
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...the ground begins to shake and the sun rises in the sky. At the light, Mudra and other Chupwalas don their dark glasses, while the Citadel begins to melt. Bolo, Mudra,... (full context)
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As Bolo, Batcheat, Mudra, the Pages, and the Handmaidens run from the Citadel, the huge ice statue of Bezaban... (full context)
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Mudra is chosen to head the new government of the Land of Chup, which states a... (full context)
Chapter 12: Was It the Walrus?
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...sees that the Walrus isn't alone. He's surrounded by King Chattergy, Prince Bolo, Princess Batcheat, Mudra, Blabbermouth, General Kitab, Iff, Mali, and Rashid, all smiling, and video monitors with the smiling... (full context)