My Family and Other Animals

by

Gerald Durrell

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Lugaretzia Character Analysis

Lugaretzia is the gardener's wife at the daffodil-yellow villa, and Mother engages her to work in the villa. Though Mother insists they need the help, Lugaretzia proves trying to have around: she's a hypochondriac and greatly enjoys telling anyone who will listen about her latest affliction in painstaking, gory detail.

Lugaretzia Quotes in My Family and Other Animals

The My Family and Other Animals quotes below are all either spoken by Lugaretzia or refer to Lugaretzia. 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 2, Chapter 9 Quotes

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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Lugaretzia Character Timeline in My Family and Other Animals

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Part 2, Chapter 7: The Daffodil-Yellow Villa
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...surrounded by groves of olive, lemon, and orange trees. Mother soon hires the gardener's wife, Lugaretzia, to help at the villa. Lugaretzia proves to be oversensitive to criticism and an over-sharer... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 8: The Tortoise Hills
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...the entire visit and drinks huge quantities of wine. He pursues the local girls and Lugaretzia with abandon. Finally, he leaves and three artists, Jonquil, Durant, and Michael take his place.... (full context)
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...but it turns out he suffers from asthma and a horse allergy. Not knowing this, Lugaretzia puts a blanket in his room that Gerry used for horseback riding. On Michael's first... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 9: The World in a Wall
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...flings the scorpion onto the table, scattering babies everywhere. Roger begins barking wildly and bites Lugaretzia, while Leslie and Margo scream. The scorpions hide under plates and cutlery. (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 11: The Enchanted Archipelago
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The day before Gerry's birthday, everyone goes into town to buy presents, take Lugaretzia to the dentist, and stock the cupboards. Though they all agreed they didn't want a... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 12: The Woodcock Winter
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...boat and tells Mother about it. A storm begins to blow in, and Mother and Lugaretzia hang out of the attic windows with binoculars watching Margo. Lugaretzia tells Mother a tragic... (full context)
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...asks if he fell in, and he takes a bottle of brandy upstairs and asks Lugaretzia to build a huge fire in his bedroom. Two bottles and several hours later, Mother... (full context)