The Golden Compass


Philip Pullman

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Jerry Character Analysis

A sailor on the ship that the gyptians engage to take them to Trollesund. He and Lyra become friends. He assures Lyra that all dæmons have to settle and that it's a normal part of growing up. Jerry says that it's a good thing, as a settled dæmon will tell a person a lot about who they are.

Jerry Quotes in The Golden Compass

The The Golden Compass quotes below are all either spoken by Jerry or refer to Jerry. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Childhood, Innocence, and Maturation Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of The Golden Compass published in 1995.
Chapter Ten Quotes

He had to stay close to the ship, of course, for he could never go far from her; but she sensed his desire to speed as far and as fast as he could, for pure exhilaration. She shared his pleasure, but for her it wasn't simple pleasure, for there was pain and fear in it too. Suppose he loved being a dolphin more than he loved being with her on land? What would she do then?

Related Characters: Lyra, Pan, Jerry
Page Number: 166
Explanation and Analysis:

"Anyway, there's compensations for a settled form."

"What are they?"

"Knowing what kind of person you are. Take old Belisaria. She's a seagull, and that means I'm kind of a seagull too. I'm not grand and splendid nor beautiful, but I'm a tough old thing and I can survive anywhere and always find a bit of food and company. That's worth knowing, that is. And when your dæmon settles, you'll know the sort of person you are."

Related Characters: Lyra (speaker), Jerry (speaker), Pan
Page Number: 167
Explanation and Analysis:
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Jerry Character Timeline in The Golden Compass

The timeline below shows where the character Jerry appears in The Golden Compass. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Ten
Childhood, Innocence, and Maturation Theme Icon
Humanity, Identity, and the Soul Theme Icon
The men turn to boring talk, so Lyra wanders away and pesters a sailor named Jerry. Jerry puts her to work scrubbing and cleaning, which helps with the seasickness. Lyra quickly... (full context)
Childhood, Innocence, and Maturation Theme Icon
Humanity, Identity, and the Soul Theme Icon
Religion, Politics, and Control Theme Icon
Lyra says she wants Pan to be able to change forever, but Jerry assures her that settling is part of growing up. He says that soon, Lyra will... (full context)