My Family and Other Animals

by

Gerald Durrell

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Yani is a local shepherd in Corfu and one of Gerry's best friends. Yani is always ready to share local folklore with Gerry and offer him information to keep him safe. He shows Gerry how to create scorpion anti-venom and cautions him to not sleep under cypress trees, as the trees steal people's brains.
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Yani Character Timeline in My Family and Other Animals

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Part 1, Chapter 3: The Rose-Beetle Man
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Gerry also enjoys visiting the shepherd Yani. Gerry meets Yani for the first time under cypress trees, where he and Roger fling... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 5: A Treasure of Spiders
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Gerry wonders where he can get something to eat. He remembers that Yani lives over the hill and will certainly feed him. Gerry and Roger set off and... (full context)
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Yani grins at Gerry and calls for his wife, Aphrodite, to bring out food and drink.... (full context)
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Aphrodite arrives with food and Yani tells Gerry about a man who fell asleep and was stung in the ear by... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 6: The Sweet Spring
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...He shoots five doves and as they head back to the villa, they wave at Yani and his goats. Gerry wonders how anyone could be anything but happy during such a... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 18: An Entertainment with Animals
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...engine finally arrived at the fire, the brigade looked impressive until the firefighters realized that Yani, who was off duty, had the key to unlock the hose. They finally found him... (full context)