My Family and Other Animals


Gerald Durrell

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The Turk is a young Turkish man that Margo begins a romantic relationship with at the strawberry-pink villa. Margo initially tries to keep their relationship secret, but Spiro informs Mother of the Turk's presence, telling her that Turks as a rule are violent, dangerous, and not to be trusted. Though the Turk never seems violent, he is condescending and self-important. His relationship with Margo ends after a disastrous night out at the cinema.
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Part 1, Chapter 6: The Sweet Spring
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...and Larry's weight gain. Margo begins spending time at the sea, swimming with a young Turk. She neglects to tell anyone about her rendezvous with the Turk, but Spiro eventually shares... (full context)
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When Mother approaches Margo about the Turk and suggests he come for tea, Margo is delighted. Mother bakes a cake and warns... (full context)
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...return. They finally return at 1:30am and explain that they had an awful evening: the Turk wore horrendous perfume, Mother got a flea in her corset, and among other mishaps, the... (full context)