My Family and Other Animals

My Family and Other Animals

Peter is a young man whom Mother engages to tutor Gerry. Though he's exacting at first, the culture of the island soon takes effect and he becomes much more reasonable and pleasant. Gerry observes that both Peter and Margo become suddenly and inexplicably interested in botany as evidenced by their walks in the garden together, but it soon becomes clear that Peter and Margo are involved romantically. When the rest of the family decides that they don't want to be related to Peter by marriage, Mother fires him.

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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 10: The Pageant of Fireflies
The Natural World Theme Icon
Childhood, Adulthood, and Education Theme Icon
...with fruit, butterflies lay 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... (full context)
Childhood, Adulthood, and Education Theme Icon
Friendship and the Care of Animals Theme Icon
Peter offers to show Gerry how to properly preserve animals if he can find another specimen,... (full context)
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Absurdity and Storytelling Theme Icon
Larry, Peter, Margo, Leslie, Gerry, and Roger begin taking the family boat, the Sea Cow, down to... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 11: The Enchanted Archipelago
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Margo, Peter, Larry, and Leslie carry the Bootle-Bumtrinket to the jetty, where Gerry and Mother open a... (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 much too fond of... (full context)
Absurdity and Storytelling Theme Icon
Childhood, Adulthood, and Education Theme Icon
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...go off. Mother fears that Margo committed suicide, while Margo believes that Leslie is murdering Peter. In the ensuing melee, Widdle and Puke tug on Mother's nightgown, Larry yells about being... (full context)