The Golden Compass

by

Philip Pullman

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Tony Costa Character Analysis

Billy Costa's older brother. He's a strong young man and is fiercely protective of Lyra. He and his friends rescue Lyra when she runs away from Mrs. Coulter, and he's one of the men who goes north on the rescue expedition. He spends time in bars and pubs, mostly so he can pick up on useful gossip.

Tony Costa Quotes in The Golden Compass

The The Golden Compass quotes below are all either spoken by Tony Costa or refer to Tony Costa. 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 Seven Quotes

Indeed, Tony heard from gossip in pubs along the way that the police were making raids on houses and farms and building yards and factories without any explanation, though there was a rumor that they were searching for a missing girl. And that in itself was odd, considering all the kids that had gone missing without being looked for.

Related Characters: Lyra, Ma Costa, Tony Costa
Page Number: 110
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Tony Costa Character Timeline in The Golden Compass

The timeline below shows where the character Tony Costa appears in The Golden Compass. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Six
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Lyra comforts Pan and then recognizes one of her saviors as Tony Costa, Billy Costa's older brother. Lyra cries with relief and anxiety and hopes that the... (full context)
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...make Lyra breakfast, refusing to answer questions and saying only that there's some trouble brewing. Tony enters the kitchen too and once Lyra eats, they ask for her story. She tells... (full context)
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Tony tells Lyra about ghosts unique to the northern regions. He also mentions the panserbjørne, and... (full context)
Chapter Seven
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...unusually interested in her, as they know that the Oblation Board is looking for her. Tony hears gossip in pubs that the Board is conducting raids with no explanation, and it's... (full context)
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...be. The Costas reach the Zaal by evening and Ma Costa cooks eels for dinner. Tony has a drink in a bar and returns with the news that the Roping—the meeting—is... (full context)
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As Tony and Ma Costa lead Lyra to the Zaal, people stare and point. They enter the... (full context)
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...other men on the platform are and specifically mentions Farder Coram, an extremely old man. Tony takes Lyra to speak to John Faa, and Lyra feels extremely shy knowing that she's... (full context)
Chapter Eight
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...meeting to a close. He and the other men head for a private room and Tony Costa laughs at Lyra when she suggests that they need her. When Lyra says she... (full context)
Chapter Nine
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...object at Gabriel College, which has sails that spin when the light—and elementary particles—hit it. Tony interrupts Lyra and sends her to find John Faa and Farder Coram at the Zaal.... (full context)
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...busy, but she has to remain hidden and being inside all the time is difficult. Tony Costa tells her about strange rumors that she escaped from the Gobblers, or that she... (full context)
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...Farder Coram and the tillerman through the empty town to the docks. There they find Tony Costa, who quietly says that a gyptian man was killed. The ship to go north... (full context)
Chapter Eleven
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...after noon and finds the rest of the gyptians mostly ready to go. She joins Tony Costa and his friends in a cafe and tells him all about Iorek. A tall... (full context)
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...pulls off his armor and slips into the water as the gyptians watch. Lyra tells Tony Costa what happened as a crowd begins to gather. She turns back to Iorek's armor... (full context)