My Family and Other Animals

by

Gerald Durrell

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Roger Character Analysis

Roger is the Durrell family dog and Gerry's constant companion. He's large and black, with a curly coat and a stumpy tail. He's extremely loyal to his family and on multiple occasions attacks things or people he believes are threats, including Lugaretzia and Mother's ruffled swimsuit. His years of friendship with Gerry taught Roger that it's in his best interest to try to make friends with whatever creatures Gerry instructs him to, and he generally accepts Gerry's other pets as part of the family. Roger accompanies Gerry everywhere, from his indoor tutoring sessions to his afternoon romps around the island. He has a running rivalry with all the stray dogs in Corfu and tries to fight them any chance he gets, especially once Mother brings Dodo home.

Roger Quotes in My Family and Other Animals

The My Family and Other Animals quotes below are all either spoken by Roger or refer to Roger. 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 7 Quotes

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 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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Roger Character Timeline in My Family and Other Animals

The timeline below shows where the character Roger appears in My Family and Other Animals. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: The Migration
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...gardening books; and Gerry brings books on natural history, a butterfly net, the family dog, Roger, and a jar of caterpillars. They travel through Europe, and in Italy they board a... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 1: The Unsuspected Isle
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...on his face, followed by Gerry, Leslie, Margo, and Mother, who looks harried and annoyed. Roger (the dog) drags Mother to a lamppost to relieve himself as Larry loads the luggage... (full context)
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As the cab moves through town, Roger lets his head hang out of the window. The cab goes past an alley where... (full context)
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...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 to the manager and... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 2: The Strawberry-Pink Villa
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Gerry and Roger spend their time in the garden. Gerry observes tiny spiders, ladybugs, and carpenter bees in... (full context)
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...themselves to both coach Gerry in his Greek and offer him food when he and Roger pass by. Gradually, the magic of the island takes over the entire family. (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 3: The Rose-Beetle Man
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...conversation, as he doesn't want any input. When breakfast is over, Gerry joins an excited Roger at the garden gate. Gerry teases Roger that maybe they won't go out today but... (full context)
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Roger spends all his time with Gerry. They explore the island, Roger looking out for Gerry... (full context)
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...shepherd Yani. Gerry meets Yani for the first time under cypress trees, where he and Roger fling themselves down to escape the heat. As Gerry was beginning to drift off, the... (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 answers: the... (full context)
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...grows tamer, Achilles learns his name and has the run of the villa. He and Roger both love grapes and they vie for the attention of whomever has grapes, though Achilles's... (full context)
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...him under a strawberry plant. Larry gives a funeral address, and Gerry is annoyed that Roger wags his tail throughout the service. (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 4: A Bushel of Learning
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Roger finds the whole business of education boring, but he spends his mornings under the table... (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... (full context)
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...He remembers that Yani lives over the hill and will certainly feed him. Gerry and Roger set off and when they're close, Gerry devises a plan to wake Yani from his... (full context)
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...After a while, Gerry excuses himself and accepts Yani's parting gift of grapes. Gerry and Roger eat the grapes in a cool olive grove and when they're finished, Gerry examines the... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 7: The Daffodil-Yellow Villa
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...The beetle leaves an oily and smelly residue on Gerry's fingers and the scent makes Roger sneeze. The following Thursday, Theodore comes for tea and identifies the insect as a flightless... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 8: The Tortoise Hills
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...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. When a... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 9: The World in a Wall
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...downhill from there. Larry screams and 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... (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 Gerry in such a... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 10: The Pageant of Fireflies
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Gerry sets Ulysses up in the drawing room and decides that he and Roger should be introduced. He puts Ulysses on the floor and instructs Roger to make friends.... (full context)
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...asking for the shutters to be opened. Then, Ulysses flies out to hunt. He and Roger become friendly with each other and occasionally, Ulysses will ride on Roger's back down to... (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 nightly to... (full context)
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...frilled bathing costume. When she tries it on, she calls everyone upstairs to see it. Roger is the first to enter her room and he races right back out, barking at... (full context)
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...the bay. When they reach the bay, Mother wades into the water. As she does, Roger becomes excited and attacks her costume by grabbing hold of one of the ruffles. He... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 11: The Enchanted Archipelago
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...thrilled to receive a pair of puppies. He locks them in the drawing room with Roger, but this proves a poor choice: when the family opens the doors to allow guests... (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 and more... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 12: The Woodcock Winter
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Margo still wants to nurse her broken heart in private so one day, she loads Roger, Widdle, and Puke into the Bootle-Bumtrinket and takes it out to a small island to... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 15: The Cyclamen Woods
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...Cyclamen Woods, as cyclamen flowers grow there prolifically. One afternoon, as he rests there with Roger, Widdle, and Puke, he watches a mother magpie carry worms to a nearby olive tree.... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 16: The Lake of Lilies
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...chickens for food. This drives the poor hens nearly mad. The Magenpies often converse with Roger and play tricks on Widdle and Puke. They're perplexed, however, when Mother comes home with... (full context)
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...unattended and if Mother locks her out, Dodo howls and throws herself at the door. Roger, Widdle, and Puke initially just tolerate Dodo, as she's too small to play with them.... (full context)
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...the rest of the family finds this quite amusing. They watch her walk off with Roger, Widdle, and Puke ahead, followed by Dodo, Sophia, and the puppy. Larry teases Mother incessantly... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 17: The Chessboard Fields
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Just as Gerry reaches Old Plop's favorite place at the water's edge, Roger, Widdle, and Puke take off after a lizard. Old Plop isn't there, so Gerry waits... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 18: An Entertainment with Animals
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...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 family... (full context)
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...She races back inside, screaming in fear, and the pack pursues her. The noise brings Roger, Puke, and Widdle racing out of the kitchen, and they throw themselves on Dodo's suitors.... (full context)