Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Rashid Khalifa Character Analysis

Husband to Soraya and father to Haroun, Rashid is a professional storyteller who's known as the “Ocean of Notions” by his admirers and the “Shah of Blah” by his rivals. When Soraya runs off with Mr. Sengupta, Rashid loses the Gift of the Gab and turns from his usually happy, imaginative, story-filled self into a sad and self-pitying man who can only say "ark" when telling stories. Rashid finds himself transported to Kahani with Haroun and is instrumental in defeating Khattam-Shud. Rashid uses his storytelling powers to overthrow Mr. Buttoo and his government by telling his and Haroun's story of their adventures on Kahani, illustrating the importance of stories as forces for good in the world.

Rashid Khalifa Quotes in Haroun and the Sea of Stories

The Haroun and the Sea of Stories quotes below are all either spoken by Rashid Khalifa or refer to Rashid 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:
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
). 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 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
Explanation and Analysis:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Unlock explanations and citation info for this and every other Haroun and the Sea of Stories quote.

Plus so much more...

Get LitCharts A+
Already a LitCharts A+ member? Sign in!
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
Explanation and Analysis:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderi

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

"'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
Explanation and Analysis:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.LoremLorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing

"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
Explanation and Analysis:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

"Do those names mean anything?" Haroun asked.
"All names mean something," Rashid replied.

Related Characters: Haroun Khalifa (speaker), Rashid Khalifa (speaker)
Page Number: 40
Explanation and Analysis:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in repreh

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

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
Explanation and Analysis:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in r

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum

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
Explanation and Analysis:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla paria

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

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
Explanation and Analysis:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in volu

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Chapter 7 Quotes

"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
Explanation and Analysis:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim

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
Explanation and Analysis:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

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
Explanation and Analysis:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

"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
Explanation and Analysis:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in vo

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Get the entire Haroun and the Sea of Stories LitChart as a printable PDF.
Haroun and the sea of stories.pdf.medium

Rashid Khalifa Character Timeline in Haroun and the Sea of Stories

The timeline below shows where the character Rashid Khalifa appears in Haroun and the Sea of Stories. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The Shah of Blah
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
...Haroun lives there with his mother, Soraya Khalifa, who loves to sing, and his father, Rashid Khalifa. Rashid is a storyteller, known by his admirers as the “Ocean of Notions” and... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Haroun accompanies his father to his performances every chance he gets, in awe of Rashid's talent. Haroun thinks of his father as a juggler of stories. Haroun, however, wants to... (full context)
Storytelling Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
...mostly have big families, but Haroun is an only child, and wants to know why. Rashid tells Haroun, "there's more to you, young Haroun Khalifa, than meets the blinking eye," which... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Mr. Sengupta always talks to Soraya when Rashid isn't around, criticizing Rashid and his stories, insisting that there's no use in stories that... (full context)
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
In spite of Mr. Sengupta's disdain for stories, Rashid is in high demand with politicos (politicians) running for office, as it's an election year... (full context)
Storytelling Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
...although he can't tell she's crying because of the rain. When he enters his house, Rashid is crying too. It’s revealed that Soraya ran off with Mr. Sengupta at precisely 11:00... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Soraya left a note for Rashid filled with nasty things about him and about storytelling. Rashid pathetically cries that storytelling is... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Several days later, Rashid is invited by politicos to perform in the Town of G and the Valley of... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
On the train, Rashid tells Haroun about the wonders of the Valley of K, particularly the beauty of the... (full context)
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Haroun and Rashid are shut in a hot office while the two large men yell at Rashid, suggesting... (full context)
Chapter 2: The Mail Coach
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
The henchmen drop Rashid and Haroun off at the bus station and zoom away. The station is plastered with... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
...that Mr. Butt can do for him, and asks Mr. Butt if he could give Rashid and himself front row seats in the Mail Coach all the way to the Valley... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
When Rashid reemerges from the ticket office, Haroun and Mr. Butt are waiting in the Mail Coach.... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
...the passengers 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."... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
...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" has been... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
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 home. Rather... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
...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 understands that... (full context)
Chapter 3: The Dull Lake
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
The mist surrounding the boat smells of sadness and gloom, and Rashid demands that whoever is making the stink admit to it. Haroun explains that it's the... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
Meanwhile, Rashid and Mr. Buttoo are arguing. Rashid insists that people can love sad stories as long... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
...a collection 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... (full context)
Storytelling Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
Haroun finds it hard to sleep, and finally gets out of bed when he hears Rashid lamenting his fate in the next room. When Haroun enters the peacock room, he and... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
...the man tell Haroun why he's here. When the man refuses, Haroun threatens to wake Rashid, and the little man finally introduces himself as Iff the Water Genie, from the Ocean... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
...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 Story Waters provide... (full context)
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
...him to Gup City to see the Walrus so he can fix the mistake about Rashid's water supply. When Iff refuses, Haroun says that Iff will have to go back without... (full context)
Chapter 5: About Guppees and Chupwalas
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
Haroun asks Iff to tell him about Khattam-Shud, and Iff replies with Rashid's exact words, that Khattam-Shud is the archenemy of stories and language, and the prince of... (full context)
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
...balcony, and Haroun drops his chocolate when he sees that the man is his father, Rashid Khalifa. (full context)
Chapter 6: The Spy's Story
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
...the captured "spy" creates a buzz of horror and outrage in the Garden, particularly when Rashid says that he is a storyteller and a subscriber to the Story Water service. Haroun... (full context)
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
In the Throne Room, Rashid, sipping soup, is telling his story to Prince Bolo, General Kitab, the Speaker, and the... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
Rashid resumes his story, telling his audience that he came across an encampment of the Chupwala... (full context)
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
Moving towards the light, Rashid encountered Chattergy's Wall, which is full of holes, and there he witnessed Batcheat's capture. Bolo... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Rashid assures Bolo that Batcheat wasn't there to meet another man, as she was just with... (full context)
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
...keeps adding balls until she's reached 11. Haroun thinks that her juggling reminds her of Rashid's storytelling, and says as much. He says that he always thought storytelling was like juggling... (full context)
Chapter 7: Into the Twilight Strip
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
...the Disconnecting Tool from Haroun for Iff. Haroun is deflated, but Blabbermouth notes that since Rashid is in Gup City himself, he can sort out his own problem. Haroun, sadly, says... (full context)
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
...“Pagination and Collation,” and Blabbermouth flees to her place with the Royal Pages. Haroun notices Rashid, also still wearing his nightshirt, standing next to Iff, Disconnecting Tool in hand. As Haroun... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Rashid and Haroun board Butt the Hoopoe with Iff, and Haroun introduces his father to Mali,... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
...and says that it's a case of "out of the fridge into the freezer," and Rashid cries out in amazement that Butt spoke without moving its beak. (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
...due to the poison. As the army sets foot on land, they hear no sounds. Rashid notes that the Chupwala army gains an advantage the farther into the darkness they lure... (full context)
Storytelling Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
Rashid leads Prince Bolo, General Kitab, Haroun, and Blabbermouth through thorn bushes, and finally points to... (full context)
Chapter 8: Shadow Warriors
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Rashid attempts to explain the Warrior's mangled speech to Bolo, who is still unimpressed. The Shadow... (full context)
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
After a few minutes of "listening," Rashid tells General Kitab and Prince Bolo that Mudra is a friend to them, as well... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
Rashid interprets Mudra's Abhinaya, and Haroun notices that the language involves foot placement, eye movements, and... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
...the Ocean will die, and he doesn't like the idea that stories will just die. Rashid says, "There's more to you, young Haroun Khalifa, than meets the blinking eye." Bolo suggests... (full context)
Chapter 11: Princess Batcheat
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
...hill outside Chup City overlooking the plain 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... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
Bolo, Kitab, Mudra, and Rashid rush outside to see Blabbermouth celebrating her rescue. She tells Bolo that she told him... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
Finally, the battle is set to begin. Rashid, watching from the hill, is afraid that the Pages of Gup will be torn or... (full context)
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
...are still standing, rolling down the hill towards the rest of the Guppee forces. Suddenly, Rashid shouts "look out!" to a scrawny, clerkish man—Khattam-Shud himself—as the head of Bezaban bounces and... (full context)
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
...locate Butt the Hoopoe, Haroun, Iff, Mali, Goopy, and Bagha. The party is reunited with Rashid and Blabbermouth on the shores of Chup, and they set off for Gup City to... (full context)
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
...promoted and given joint responsibility for cleaning up the Old Zone and the Ocean, and Rashid is given his Story Water subscription back. (full context)
Chapter 12: Was It the Walrus?
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
...surrounded by King Chattergy, Prince Bolo, Princess Batcheat, Mudra, Blabbermouth, General Kitab, Iff, Mali, and Rashid, all smiling, and video monitors with the smiling faces of Goopy, Bagha, and Butt the... (full context)
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
It is then time for Haroun and Rashid to go home. Haroun has particular trouble saying goodbye to Blabbermouth, who takes matters into... (full context)
Storytelling Theme Icon
Haroun wakes to bright sunshine and finds Rashid sipping tea on a balcony, still in his nightshirt. He sees the swan boat coming... (full context)
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
...of the Walrus telling him not to make a fuss over it. Haroun hurriedly asks Rashid if he can remember his dream, but Rashid brushes him off, greets Mr. Buttoo, and... (full context)
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
The narrator reminds the reader that Mr. Buttoo expected Rashid to win the people's support for him by telling happy, praising stories. Mr. Buttoo had... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
Rashid takes the stage as Haroun watches from the side. Haroun is shocked when Rashid addresses... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Power and Censorship Theme Icon
When Haroun and Rashid arrive in the sad city, it's still pouring. Rashid happily suggests they walk home, making... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Rashid is still overjoyed and Haroun is still in a dark mood as they turn onto... (full context)
Language, Words, and Naming Theme Icon
Storytelling Theme Icon
Balance and Opposites Theme Icon
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 that she... (full context)