My Family and Other Animals


Gerald Durrell

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The Rose-Beetle Man Character Analysis

The Rose-Beetle Man is a strange local fixture in Corfu. He dresses eccentrically and never speaks, though he plays the flute and sings in a strange, nasal voice. He sells a variety of animals as pets including rose beetles, doves, tortoises, and chickens. Gerry purchases both Achilles and Quasimodo from him.
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The Rose-Beetle Man Character Timeline in My Family and Other Animals

The timeline below shows where the character The Rose-Beetle Man appears in My Family and Other Animals. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 3: The Rose-Beetle Man
Absurdity and Storytelling Theme Icon
The most fascinating person Gerry meets is known as the Rose-Beetle Man . Gerry meets him for the first time as the man is leaving a party... (full context)
Absurdity and Storytelling Theme Icon
Childhood, Adulthood, and Education Theme Icon
When the Rose-Beetle Man sees Gerry and Roger, he bows and Roger barks. Gerry asks questions and the man... (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 raised by humans, he believes he's not... (full context)