My Family and Other Animals

by

Gerald Durrell

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Gerry is the narrator of the novel; he's ten years old when his family moves to Corfu, a Greek island. Gerry's youth means that he's the first member of the family to learn Greek, and he adapts to many of the local customs, such as bathing in the sea instead of in indoor bathrooms. Because he's the youngest Durrell child by almost a decade, he occupies a liminal space between child and adult, and his primary interests are biology, botany, and the care of animals. To this end, he spends most of his time in Corfu observing the plant and animal life in his family's gardens and around the island, and he spends a great deal of his narration detailing his discoveries for the reader. Gerry has a distinctly negative view of education; he sees educational pursuits that have little or nothing to do with science as boring and unproductive. However, his tutors recognize that Gerry latches onto subjects when they insert a zoological flair to the lesson. Gerry spends most of the novel acquiring exotic pets, either by capturing them himself or purchasing them from the Rose-Beetle Man. He regularly anthropomorphizes the animals he observes and spends time with. For example, Roger, the family dog, is often described as being almost human, and Gerry goes to great lengths to describe animals' personalities, tics, and preferences. Gerry's love of the natural world is trying for the rest of his family, and Larry in particular takes issue with Gerry's passion and does his best to try to introduce Gerry to great literature, though he experiences little success. One of Gerry's greatest friends on the island is Theodore, an esteemed scientist who treats Gerry as though he's an adult and knowledgeable in his own right. He provides Gerry with a number of books and tools (microscopes, slides, chemicals for preserving specimens) that help Gerry learn more about the natural world. As Gerry's menagerie becomes more and more exotic, he goes to great pains to construct enclosures for his animals that mimic the animals' natural habitat as closely as possible. He also spends much of his time cleaning and caring for his animals, as he recognizes he's the only family member willing and able to do so.

Gerry Durrell Quotes in My Family and Other Animals

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Part 1, Chapter 2 Quotes

The notice read: "BEWAR—EARWIG NEST—QUIAT PLESE." It was only remarkable in that the two correctly spelled words were biological ones.

Related Characters: Gerry Durrell (speaker)
Page Number: 25
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As the days passed, I came gradually to understand them. What had at first been a confused babble became a series of recognizable separate sounds. Then, suddenly, these took on meaning, and slowly and haltingly I started to use them myself; then I took my newly acquired words and strung them into ungrammatical and stumbling sentences. Our neighbors were delighted, as though I had conferred some delicate compliment by trying to learn their language.

Related Characters: Gerry Durrell (speaker)
Page Number: 27
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Part 1, Chapter 4 Quotes

"He appears to have only one interest," said Larry bitterly, "and that's this awful urge to fill things with animal life. I don't think he ought to be encouraged in that. Life is fraught with danger as it is. I went to light a cigarette only this morning and a damn great bumblebee flew out of the box."

Related Characters: Larry Durrell (speaker), Gerry Durrell, Mother, Leslie Durrell, Margo Durrell
Page Number: 41
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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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Part 1, Chapter 5 Quotes

First, since he was obviously a scientist of considerable repute (and I could have told this by his beard), he was to me a person of great importance. In fact he was the only person I had met until now who seemed to share my enthusiasm for zoology. Secondly, I was extremely flattered to find that he treated me and talked to me exactly as though I were his own age.

Related Characters: Gerry Durrell (speaker), Dr. Theodore Stephanides
Page Number: 62
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Part 1: Conversation Quotes

"Don't be ridiculous. Whoever heard of moving into a larger house because you've invited some friends to stay?"

"What's the matter with the idea? It seems a perfectly sensible solution to me; after all, if you say there's no room here, the obvious thing to do is to move."

Related Characters: Larry Durrell (speaker), Mother (speaker), Gerry Durrell, Leslie Durrell, Margo Durrell
Page Number: 77
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Part 2, Chapter 7 Quotes

"A most insanitary procedure," said Mother, "more likely to spread disease than cure it. I dread to think what would have caught if we'd really kissed his feet."

"But I kissed his feet," said Margo, surprised.

Related Characters: Mother (speaker), Margo Durrell (speaker), Gerry Durrell
Page Number: 88
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I toyed with the idea that it may have found itself without a pair of clean wing-cases to put on that morning and had to borrow its younger brother's pair, but I eventually decided that this idea, however enchanting, could not be described as scientific.

Related Characters: Gerry Durrell (speaker), Roger
Page Number: 93
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Part 2, Chapter 8 Quotes

The label, which was a nice blend of scientific and sentimental, read: Egg of Greek tortoise (Testudo graeca). Laid by Madame Cyclops.

Related Characters: Gerry Durrell (speaker), Madame Cyclops
Page Number: 101
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Part 2, Chapter 9 Quotes

I grew very fond of these scorpions. I found them to be pleasant, unassuming creatures with, on the whole, the most charming habits.

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Page Number: 111
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Since no one had bothered to explain things to him, Roger was under the mistaken impression that the family were being attacked, and that it was his duty to defend them. As Lugaretzia was the only stranger in the room, he came to the logical conclusion that she must be the responsible party, so he bit her in the ankle.

Related Characters: Gerry Durrell (speaker), Larry Durrell, Roger, Lugaretzia
Page Number: 114
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He was, in fact, performing a very necessary and humane service, as anyone who had seen the cats would agree. So my lessons in French were being continuously interrupted while the consul leaped to the window to send yet another cat to a happier hunting ground.

Related Characters: Gerry Durrell (speaker), The Belgian Consul
Page Number: 117
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Part 2, Chapter 10 Quotes

With the summer came Peter to tutor me, a tall, handsome young man, fresh from Oxford, with decided ideas on education which I found rather trying to begin with. But gradually the atmosphere of the island worked its way insidiously under his skin, and he relaxed and became quite human.

Related Characters: Gerry Durrell (speaker), Peter
Page Number: 125
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While I was at work on my masterpiece...Peter and Margo would take a stroll in the sunken garden to look at the flowers. To my surprise, they had both suddenly become very botanically minded.

Related Characters: Gerry Durrell (speaker), Margo Durrell, Peter
Page Number: 125
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Part 2, Chapter 11 Quotes

A pot of black paint was produced and laboriously, in rather trickly capitals, I traced her name along the side: THE BOOTLE-BUMTRINKET. There it was; not only an unusual name, but an aristocratically hyphenated one as well. In order to ease Mother's mind I had to promise that I would refer to the boat only as the Bootle in conversation with strangers.

Related Characters: Gerry Durrell (speaker), Larry Durrell, Mother, Leslie Durrell
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Page Number: 143
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Part 2, Chapter 12 Quotes

For a week or so the wind played with the island, patting it, stroking it, humming to itself among the bare branches. Then there was a lull, a few days' strange calm; suddenly, when you least expected it, the wind would be back. But it was a changed wind, a mad, hooting, bellowing wind that leaped down on the island and tried to blow it into the sea.

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Page Number: 158
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Part 3, Chapter 14 Quotes

I was not, however, the least impressed by this last bit of information; I had met a number of people who professed to be interested in birds, and who had turned out (after careful questioning) to be charlatans who did not know what a hoopoe looked like...

Related Characters: Gerry Durrell (speaker), Mother, Kralefsky
Page Number: 191
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"Most people say that as one gets older one believes nothing and is surprised at nothing, so that one becomes more receptive to ideas. Nonsense! All the old people I know have had their minds locked up like grey, scaly oysters since they were in their teens."

Related Characters: Mrs. Kralefsky (speaker), Gerry Durrell
Page Number: 202
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Part 3, Chapter 15 Quotes

The Magenpies, obviously suspecting Larry of being a dope smuggler, had fought valiantly with the tin of bicarbonate of soda, and had scattered its contents along a line of books, so that they looked like a snow-covered mountain range.

Related Characters: Gerry Durrell (speaker), Larry Durrell, The Magenpies
Page Number: 211
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Part 3, Chapter 17 Quotes

Once the thing was explained, of course, it was simple. It never even occurred to me that the procedure was unusual. I knew one wasn't allowed home for weekends from an English prison, but this was Corfu, and in Corfu anything could happen.

Related Characters: Gerry Durrell (speaker), Alecko, Kosti
Page Number: 243
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Mother had, after considerable mental effort, managed to commit to memory two or three Greek words. This lack of vocabulary had a restrictive effect on her conversation at the best of times, but when she was faced with the ordeal of exchanging small talk with a murderer she promptly forgot all the Greek she knew.

Related Characters: Gerry Durrell (speaker), Mother, Kosti
Page Number: 251
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Part 3, Chapter 18 Quotes

"I assure you the house is a death-trap. Every conceivable nook and cranny is stuffed with malignant faunae waiting to pounce...A simple, innocuous action like lighting a cigarette is fraught with danger. Even the sanctity of my bedroom is not respected. First, I was attacked by a scorpion...Now we have snakes in the bath and huge flocks of albatrosses flapping around the house, making noises like defective plumbing."

Page Number: 260
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Part 1: The Migration
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...their living room in Bournemouth, England. The weather has brought on all their usual ills: Gerry is extremely congested; Margo's acne is worse than usual; Leslie is battling ear infections; Mother... (full context)
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Gerry explains that each member of the family "travels light" and brings only the bare necessities.... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 1: The Unsuspected Isle
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...the quay. Larry walks quickly and with a disdainful expression on his face, followed by Gerry, Leslie, Margo, and Mother, who looks harried and annoyed. Roger (the dog) drags Mother to... (full context)
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...to enjoy himself as he waves the whip at the street dogs while Mother, Leslie, Gerry, and Margo haul Roger, still snarling, into the hotel. When they're all inside, Mother turns... (full context)
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...watch funeral processions to the nearby cemetery out their windows. The processions are ornate, and Gerry decides that this is the best way to die: colorful decorations and satisfyingly upset relatives... (full context)
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...a car and hunt for a villa with a bathroom herself. Leslie, Larry, Margo, and Gerry are unconvinced they'll find such a thing. (full context)
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...town square, the taxi drivers converge on the Durrells and loudly fight for their business. Gerry explains that it was terrifying, but the drivers' altercation was actually mild by Greek standards.... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 2: The Strawberry-Pink Villa
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...comments on the way home that the customs officials believe they own the islands, and Gerry notes that Spiro was entirely unaware that he acted as if he owned the islands.... (full context)
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...it, as it's not bothering them, and Larry accuses Mother of raising selfish children. Finally, Gerry and Mother move the donkey. (full context)
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Gerry and Roger spend their time in the garden. Gerry observes tiny spiders, ladybugs, and carpenter... (full context)
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Gerry also makes friends with the local Greek girls. They ride by on donkeys and offer... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 3: The Rose-Beetle Man
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...Larry, Leslie, and Margo begin arguing about what each is going to do that day. Gerry wolfs his food down and stays out of the conversation, as he doesn't want any... (full context)
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Roger spends all his time with Gerry. They explore the island, Roger looking out for Gerry when he slips or trips and... (full context)
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Gerry also enjoys visiting the shepherd Yani. Gerry meets Yani for the first time under cypress... (full context)
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The most fascinating person Gerry meets is known as the Rose-Beetle Man. Gerry meets him for the first time as... (full context)
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When the Rose-Beetle Man sees Gerry and Roger, he bows and Roger barks. Gerry asks questions and the man mimes his... (full context)
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Thrilled with his purchase, Gerry races home. The family quickly names the tortoise Achilles, and Achilles turns out to be... (full context)
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...disused well. They bury him under a strawberry plant. Larry gives a funeral address, and Gerry is annoyed that Roger wags his tail throughout the service. (full context)
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Not long after, Gerry acquires a young dove from the Rose-Beetle Man. They name him Quasimodo. Because Quasimodo is... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 4: A Bushel of Learning
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Not long after the family moves into the pink villa, Mother decides it's time for Gerry to receive education. The entire family offers opinions as to what should be done: Leslie... (full context)
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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 the "imminent danger... (full context)
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George and Gerry spend their days shut inside. George gives Gerry math problems and practices his fencing steps... (full context)
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...lessons outside. They swim in the sea while George points out interesting fauna. George and Gerry devise a game with sea slugs and then they sit in the shallows while George... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 5: A Treasure of Spiders
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One hot afternoon, Roger and Gerry set out to see how far they can hike before dark. They hike up the... (full context)
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Gerry wonders where he can get something to eat. He remembers that Yani lives over the... (full context)
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Yani grins at Gerry and calls for his wife, Aphrodite, to bring out food and drink. He explains that... (full context)
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Aphrodite arrives with food and Yani tells Gerry about a man who fell asleep and was stung in the ear by a scorpion.... (full context)
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Gerry races to George's villa, knocks on the door quickly, and lets himself in. He realizes... (full context)
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As Theodore and Gerry walk, Theodore stops to look into a ditch of stagnant water and laments he didn't... (full context)
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Gerry is both amazed and confused by Theodore. He knows that Theodore is an esteemed scientist... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 6: The Sweet Spring
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Over the end of summer and all of winter, Spiro drives Gerry into town to see Theodore every Thursday. Theodore welcomes Gerry into his study, which is... (full context)
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...burst into bloom and the cypress trees sprout new leaves. Frogs sing in ditches and Gerry thinks that even the wine in the village seems redder. Larry buys himself a guitar... (full context)
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Leslie, Larry, and Gerry wait up for Margo and Mother's return long past when they expected them to return.... (full context)
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Leslie purchases a double-barreled shotgun to shoot turtledoves and wood pigeons and invites Gerry to come along one morning. He shoots five doves and as they head back to... (full context)
Part 1: Conversation
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...all his friends inviting them to visit as soon as the family is fully settled. Gerry notes that it seems to have not occurred to him that the villa is barely... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 7: The Daffodil-Yellow Villa
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...new furniture to prepare for Larry's guests. The next morning, Spiro drives Mother, Margo, and Gerry into town to buy furniture. The town is crowded and boisterous, and after they buy... (full context)
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Mother, Margo, and Gerry are soon caught up in the crowd, unable to escape. Margo ends up entering the... (full context)
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Because George left the island, Gerry spends his days exploring the 15 acres of gardens that came with the villa. He... (full context)
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Gerry checks under the nests twice per day for new specimens and, one day, finds a... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 8: The Tortoise Hills
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Gerry's favorite part of the new villa is the hilly area above the olive groves. There,... (full context)
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...the females end up going off with a male who didn't even fight for them. Gerry and Roger watch the fights and make bets, though Roger proves inept at choosing winners.... (full context)
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Gerry comes to recognize many of the tortoises by sight, particularly one he names Madame Cyclops.... (full context)
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...and a horse allergy. Not knowing this, Lugaretzia puts a blanket in his room that Gerry used for horseback riding. On Michael's first night, the family wakes to the strange sound... (full context)
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...arrival she takes her wig off to gain some relief from the heat, much to Gerry's delight. She explains to Mother that she just recovered from erysipelas (a bacterial skin infection)... (full context)
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Dinner that night is an extraordinary affair. Gerry listens in on all the conversations about art, literature, and poetry. After dinner, Larry plays... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 9: The World in a Wall
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One of Gerry's favorite places is the crumbling wall that surrounds the garden. It's plastered brick, though the... (full context)
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One day, Gerry finds a female scorpion covered in a mass of tiny babies. He decides he must... (full context)
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Gerry convinces his family to not kill the scorpions and spends the next half hour collecting... (full context)
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For their first lesson, the Belgian consul asks Gerry to read from a French book. After Gerry reads a few words, the Belgian consul... (full context)
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It takes Gerry a week to discover that the Belgian consul is shooting the starving and sickly cats... (full context)
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...her in conversation whenever he sees her. She does her best to avoid him, and Gerry believes that the consul never discovers that Mother's only word of French is "oui." The... (full context)
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On these Thursday afternoons, Theodore and Gerry go out with Roger to collect specimens. Theodore seems to know everything, but he teaches... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 10: The Pageant of Fireflies
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...eggs, and tree frogs sing as evening falls. A man named Peter arrives to tutor Gerry. He's difficult at first but after a few weeks, the island calms him and he... (full context)
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After the scorpion debacle, the family gives Gerry a room to house his animals. Gerry calls it his study and he keeps his... (full context)
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Peter offers to show Gerry how to properly preserve animals if he can find another specimen, so Gerry begins trying... (full context)
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Gerry sets Ulysses up in the drawing room and decides that he and Roger should be... (full context)
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As he grows, Ulysses takes up residence in Gerry's study. He spends the day sleeping and when night falls, he wakes up, regurgitates his... (full context)
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Larry, Peter, Margo, Leslie, Gerry, and Roger begin taking the family boat, the Sea Cow, down to a small bay... (full context)
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...the porpoises appear, looking as though they're on fire as they swim through the phosphorescence. Gerry can even see the trails of phosphorescence underwater where the porpoises swam. This goes on... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 11: The Enchanted Archipelago
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...for the Sea Cow, which opens up opportunities to explore much more of the coast. Gerry is entranced when they discover an archipelago of small islands that are home to a... (full context)
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Gerry creates a list for each family member that caters to their interests—Margo's list consists of... (full context)
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The day before Gerry's birthday, everyone goes into town to buy presents, take Lugaretzia to the dentist, and stock... (full context)
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The day of the party, Gerry inspects all his gifts and then Leslie leads him outside to show him the boat.... (full context)
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Margo, Peter, Larry, and Leslie carry the Bootle-Bumtrinket to the jetty, where Gerry and Mother open a bottle of wine in celebration. Finally, the boat bearers toss the... (full context)
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...and singing loudly as he cooks. Theodore is the first guest to arrive. He gives Gerry a book on freshwater biology. Gerry finds that most other gifts are useless, though he's... (full context)
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...time for having six children, which he deems ridiculous. The party goes until dawn, and Gerry thinks it was an exceptional birthday. (full context)
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The next morning, Gerry takes Roger, Widdle, and Puke out on the Bootle-Bumtrinket's maiden voyage. The sea seems bluer... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 12: The Woodcock Winter
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When fall arrives, Gerry is delighted that Peter isn't doing much tutoring. Mother insists that Peter and Margo are... (full context)
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...the Bootle-Bumtrinket and takes it out to a small island to lie in the sun. Gerry is annoyed beyond belief that Margo took his boat and tells Mother about it. A... (full context)
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...of having no imagination, but refuses to come hunting and try out his idea himself. Gerry explains that this is normal for Larry; he believes if one uses their brain, they... (full context)
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Margo and Gerry follow Larry and Leslie down to the swampy valley where the birds congregate. Larry complains... (full context)
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Gerry and Leslie race to Larry's room, which is full of smoke. Larry is fast asleep.... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 13: The Snow-White Villa
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...olive groves, orchards, and vineyards. It has a small fenced garden and looks very elegant. Gerry soon becomes interested in the praying mantises, many of which are huge. They fly in... (full context)
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One gecko that Gerry calls Geronimo hunts often in Gerry's bedroom. He's aggressive and won't let any other gecko... (full context)
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Gerry is very interested in the breeding habits of the mantises and is thrilled to discover... (full context)
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...thorax, she grabs his hind legs in her claws, and they stagger on the wall. Gerry considers interfering, but the fight is very interesting. After struggling for a few minutes, Cicely... (full context)
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A couple weeks later, Geronimo allows another small gecko to join him in Gerry's room. One afternoon not long after, Gerry discovers two massive toads. Delighted by them, he... (full context)
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Gerry shows the toads to Theodore on Thursday. Theodore proposes that the toads may be between... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 14: The Talking Flowers
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Gerry learns that Mother found another tutor, a man named Kralefsky. She informs Gerry that Kralefsky... (full context)
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Kralefsky leads Gerry upstairs. Behind a locked door, Gerry sees dozens of birdcages lining the walls of the... (full context)
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...first "lesson," Kralefsky proves to be a stickler when it comes to tutoring. He drills Gerry on history and the primary exports of English counties. Gerry retains none of it. They... (full context)
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At odd intervals during the morning, Kralefsky excuses himself to see his mother. Gerry believes that Kralefsky is far too old to have a living mother, so he decides... (full context)
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Kralefsky leads Gerry down a hallway and into a bedroom filled to the brim with flowers. A tiny... (full context)
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Kralefsky excuses himself to go check on some eggs that are due to hatch, leaving Gerry with Mrs. Kralefsky. She tells Gerry that she believes that when one gets old, the... (full context)
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...struggle. At this, Kralefsky returns, gleeful at his new hatch of baby birds. He leads Gerry back to continue their work. (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 15: The Cyclamen Woods
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One of Gerry's favorite places is a large hill with three olive groves on it. He calls the... (full context)
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When Gerry arrives home, the family is in no mood to help him name the new additions.... (full context)
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...Margo's. They're fascinated by Larry's bedroom because he forbids them from entering. Because of this, Gerry believes the Magenpies decide that Larry has something to hide, and they carefully plan a... (full context)
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...raid his room. Larry notices one on his windowsill when he returns and he grabs Gerry as he races upstairs. They open the door to find Larry's manuscript spread everywhere, the... (full context)
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...sees as proof that his family will side with the animals over him any day. Gerry locks the Magenpies in his room and decides to ask Kralefsky to help him build... (full context)
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Gerry soon discovers that Kralefsky loves telling stories that involve himself as a hero and a... (full context)
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Unfortunately for Kralefsky, Gerry also tends to believe stories that seem even faintly possible. This is the case when... (full context)
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...the drawing room, Kralefsky demonstrates how to throw one's opponent off balance by gently tossing Gerry onto a sofa. He instructs Gerry to attempt to do the same to him, and... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 16: The Lake of Lilies
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At the lake, Leslie, Gerry, and Theodore divide the lake in half so Gerry and Theodore can collect specimens without... (full context)
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After tea, Theodore and Gerry return to the water until night falls. Spiro cooks fish and finally, when the moon... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 17: The Chessboard Fields
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On the bay near the villa is an area known as the Chessboard Fields. Gerry enjoys hunting for aquatic life there, especially because his friends own the surrounding fields and... (full context)
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Just as Gerry reaches Old Plop's favorite place at the water's edge, Roger, Widdle, and Puke take off... (full context)
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Gerry wades into the mud towards where he saw the snake disappear. Suddenly, he feels the... (full context)
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Gerry pulls out his grapes and shares them with Kosti. They eat silently and only then... (full context)
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At the coast, Gerry sees a huge gull tied to Kosti's boat. Entranced, Gerry reaches out to pet the... (full context)
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Kosti and Gerry eat cockles in the boat and Gerry asks if Kosti could get him a baby... (full context)
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Though Alecko feels light at first, he soon becomes dead weight. Gerry rests under a fig tree and then tries to pick Alecko up to resume their... (full context)
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Gerry puts Alecko on the floor of the living room and is annoyed when Mother and... (full context)
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...pop out. She begins screaming and Alecko screams with her. When everyone finally calms down, Gerry tethers Alecko on the veranda and sets about dividing the Magenpies' cage. (full context)
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...that Alecko is an albatross, is bad luck, and will bring the family to ruin. Gerry explains how he got Alecko and leaves out that he also captured snakes, as Leslie... (full context)
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Gerry invites Kosti for tea, and Mother forgets the few Greek words she knows in his... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 18: An Entertainment with Animals
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...everyone they know for lunch, tea, and dinner. Larry sleeps as everyone else prepares, and Gerry, Roger, Widdle, and Puke help where they can. Gerry explains that it's fortunate that his... (full context)
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It begins with goldfish. Gerry finally catches Old Plop and sets about creating a fantastic tank for him, the other... (full context)
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...is in season. She hires a peasant girl to beat off the canine suitors. As Gerry walks past his pond, he discovers two of the goldfish are dead and half-eaten. Distraught,... (full context)
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When Gerry returns to his pond he finds that someone moved the tin containing the snakes into... (full context)
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When Gerry goes to look at the lunch table, he discovers the Magenpies escaped. The table is... (full context)
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Gerry puts the Magenpies in their cage and finds that Alecko took the opportunity to escape.... (full context)
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...bellow from in the house. Leslie promptly appears, wrapped in a tiny towel, yelling about Gerry and snakes in the bathtub. The guests who know the Durrells follow the exchange with... (full context)
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...don't get bitten, but this only makes everyone get up, terrified. Kralefsky offers to help Gerry capture Alecko and seems relieved when Gerry turns down his offer. Finally, Gerry catches the... (full context)
Part 3: The Return
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Soon after, Kralefsky informs Mother that he can't teach Gerry anything else, so Gerry will need to continue his studies in England or Switzerland. Though... (full context)