A dachshund whom Cosimo adopts as a hunting dog soon after taking to the trees. He discovers that Ottimo Massimo used to belong to Viola, which makes Cosimo even more interested in having the dog. Despite his diminutive stature, Ottimo Massimo becomes a skilled hunter and thinks highly of himself. He often courts female dogs much larger than he is, such as Great Danes. Ottimo Massimo is the first to realize that Viola has returned to the area and he’s instrumental in reuniting Viola and Cosimo. This becomes a happy time for the elderly Ottimo Massimo, whom Viola calls Turcaret. When Viola breaks things off with Cosimo and leaves again, she takes Ottimo Massimo with her.
Ottimo Massimo / Turcaret Character Timeline in The Baron in the Trees
The timeline below shows where the character Ottimo Massimo / Turcaret appears in The Baron in the Trees. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...in the night hearing cries that the bandit Gian dei Brughi robbed someone. Cosimo and Ottimo Massimo scour the forest looking for the bandit unsuccessfully, and townsfolk scorn Cosimo’s attempts when Cosimo... (full context)
...his uncle floating in the sea, only his face visible above the water. Cosimo sends Ottimo Massimo into the water to rescue the cavalier avvocato. Ottimo Massimo obeys, but he returns with... (full context)
...but is embarrassed when he sees lovers enter the woods. Instead, he watches animals mate. Ottimo Massimo often courts dogs much larger than he is, and though Cosimo sees that, like Ottimo... (full context)