My Family and Other Animals

My Family and Other Animals

Widdle and Puke Character Analysis

Widdle and Puke are two puppies that a friend gives the Durrells on the occasion of Gerry's birthday. Because they're a gift, Mother is forced to accept them. They receive their names after being locked in a room at the birthday party, where they promptly urinate and vomit everywhere. As they grow up they become companions to Gerry and Roger. Puke later fathers a puppy with Dodo.
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Widdle and Puke Character Timeline in My Family and Other Animals

The timeline below shows where the character Widdle and Puke appears in My Family and Other Animals. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2, Chapter 11: The Enchanted Archipelago
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...in, they discover the puppies made quite the mess. Larry suggests the puppies be named Widdle and Puke and though Mother protests, the names stick. (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 beautiful... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 12: The Woodcock Winter
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...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 disturbed, while Margo tries to... (full context)
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...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 lie... (full context)
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...to head home. However, she walks strangely and acts as though she's lost the boat. Widdle and Puke put up a fight about getting in the boat in inclement weather but... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 15: The Cyclamen Woods
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...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. When... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 16: The Lake of Lilies
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...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 a strange looking dog. (full context)
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...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. However,... (full context)
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...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 about... (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 for... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 18: An Entertainment with Animals
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...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 was... (full context)
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...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. Theodore... (full context)