The Golden Compass

by

Philip Pullman

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The Golden Monkey Character Analysis

Mrs. Coulter's dæmon; a small golden-colored monkey with luxurious fur. The narrator never gives the monkey's name. Unlike most dæmons, the monkey seems to be able to stray from Mrs. Coulter's side. He reflects Mrs. Coulter's cruel and unfeeling nature when he hurts children's dæmons, and seems simply curious about the results of his actions.

The Golden Monkey Quotes in The Golden Compass

The The Golden Compass quotes below are all either spoken by The Golden Monkey or refer to The Golden Monkey. 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:
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). 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 Four Quotes

Mrs. Coulter came into the bathroom to wash Lyra's hair, and she didn't rub and scrape like Mrs. Lonsdale either. She was gentle. Pantalaimon watched with powerful curiosity until Mrs. Coulter looked at him, and he knew what she meant and turned away, averting his eyes modestly from these feminine mysteries as the golden monkey was doing. He had never had to look away from Lyra before.

Page Number: 77
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The Golden Monkey Character Timeline in The Golden Compass

The timeline below shows where the character The Golden Monkey appears in The Golden Compass. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Three
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...(Mrs. Coulter), but Tony isn't aware of this until his dæmon, Ratter, senses the woman's golden monkey dæmon. Ratter, entranced, hops onto the monkey's hand. The monkey takes Ratter back to the... (full context)
Chapter Four
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...curiosity until Mrs. Coulter glares at him, and then he modestly turns away like the golden monkey . This is the first time he has to look away from Lyra. Then, Lyra... (full context)
Chapter Five
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...that they're particles like Dust, but they're negatively charged. At the mention of Dust the golden monkey snaps to attention, and Mrs. Coulter asks Lyra what she knows about Dust. Lyra says... (full context)
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...Mrs. Coulter tells Lyra to leave the bag in her room. Lyra resists, but the golden monkey pins Pan down roughly and begins to pull on one of his ears as though... (full context)
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...no trouble pretending to be charming, but Pan remains disgusted with Mrs. Coulter and the golden monkey . As the room fills with guests, Lyra feels more and more like a pet.... (full context)
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...sends the young woman away. Mrs. Coulter smells metallic again, and Lyra realizes that the golden monkey is gone. The monkey appears, and Mrs. Coulter asks Lyra to let her know if... (full context)
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Pan whispers in Lyra's ear and says that the golden monkey was just in their bedroom and must know about the alethiometer. Lyra looks around for... (full context)
Chapter Seven
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...meanings in a library somewhere. Lyra says that she kept the alethiometer secret, but the golden monkey found it. John Faa states what they know: the Master did his best to keep... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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...them. As it rises, Lyra hears Mrs. Coulter enter. When Mrs. Coulter sees Lyra, the golden monkey frees Pan from the cage. Pan clings to Lyra and Mrs. Coulter takes them to... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
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Lyra trembles and moans as Pan presses himself into her bare chest. He notices the golden monkey quickly feel Lyra's body and discover the pouch on her waist. Mrs. Coulter offers Lyra... (full context)
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Softly, Mrs. Coulter says that Lyra can sleep in here with her. The golden monkey paces, betraying Mrs. Coulter's impatience. Finally, Mrs. Coulter asks Lyra if the Master gave her... (full context)
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...Farder Coram that Roger is coming and asks what the strange noise is. Suddenly, the golden monkey attacks Pan while Mrs. Coulter pulls Lyra onto a motorized sledge. (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Three
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Lyra watches the golden monkey and Stelmaria meet and touch each other. Mrs. Coulter steps into Lord Asriel's arms. Lord... (full context)