My Family and Other Animals

by

Gerald Durrell

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George is one of Larry's friends and is the person responsible for inspiring the Durrells' move to Corfu in the first place. After the Durrells are settled, he tutors Gerry until he leaves the island a year later. He does his best to appeal to Gerry's interests, which means that George ends up sprinkling a number of zoological facts and other "facts" into his lessons, such as the names of Hannibal's elephants. Most importantly, George teaches Gerry how to keep a diary of his observations of the natural world, which focuses Gerry's interests and helps him learn more.

George Quotes in My Family and Other Animals

The My Family and Other Animals quotes below are all either spoken by George or refer to George. 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 Penguin edition of My Family and Other Animals published in 1956.
Part 1, Chapter 4 Quotes

From my point of view, however, the most important thing was that we devoted some of our time to natural history, and George meticulously and carefully taught me how to observe and how to note down observations in a diary. At once my enthusiastic but haphazard interest in nature became focused, for I found that by writing things down I could learn and remember much more.

Related Characters: Gerry Durrell (speaker), George
Page Number: 43
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George Character Timeline in My Family and Other Animals

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Part 1: The Migration
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...when she agrees with Larry's suggestion that they move to Corfu, Greece, where his friend George currently lives. (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 4: A Bushel of Learning
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Larry suggests that one of his friends, George, should teach Gerry, and this idea delights Mother. Gerry decides to head outside to escape... (full context)
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George and Gerry spend their days shut inside. George gives Gerry math problems and practices his... (full context)
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...Quasimodo tries to join in for a while, but she is eventually banished. Some mornings, George conducts his lessons outside. They swim in the sea while George points out interesting fauna.... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 5: A Treasure of Spiders
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...a trapdoor. Gerry has no idea what made the trapdoor, and decides to call on George immediately to ask. (full context)
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Gerry races to George's villa, knocks on the door quickly, and lets himself in. He realizes that George has... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 7: The Daffodil-Yellow Villa
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Because George left the island, Gerry spends his days exploring the 15 acres of gardens that came... (full context)