The Golden Compass

by

Philip Pullman

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Tony Makarios Character Analysis

The novel's tragic poster child for the horrors of intercision. A poor boy from Oxford, Mrs. Coulter draws him in by promising him hot chocolate. He was selected for intercision after being caught experimenting sexually with one of the girls at Bolvanger and some time after the procedure, Lyra comes across him in a small northern village where the villagers speak of him as though he's a ghost or a malevolent spirit. Separated from his dæmon, Ratter, Tony is stiff, barely responsive, and overcome with grief. He clutches a dried fish in the same way that he might clutch Ratter. Tony dies hours after Lyra brings him back to the gyptian rescue mission.

Tony Makarios Quotes in The Golden Compass

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

"Because, Iorek, listen: I got this symbol reader that tells me things, you see, and it's told me that there's something important I got to do over in that village, and Lord Faa won't let me go there. He just wants to get on quick, and I know that's important too. But unless I go and find out what it is, we might not know what the Gobblers are really doing."

Related Characters: Lyra (speaker), Iorek Byrnison, Tony Makarios, The Gobblers
Related Symbols: The Alethiometer
Page Number: 206
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter Thirteen Quotes

Her first impulse was to turn and run, or to be sick. A human being with no dæmon was like someone without a face, or with their ribs laid open and their heart torn out: something unnatural and uncanny that belonged to the world of night-ghasts, not the waking world of sense.

Related Characters: Lyra, Iorek Byrnison, Pan, Tony Makarios, Ratter
Page Number: 214
Explanation and Analysis:
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Tony Makarios Character Timeline in The Golden Compass

The timeline below shows where the character Tony Makarios appears in The Golden Compass. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Three
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...rumor flying around that children are disappearing. The narrator explains how this happens and introduces Tony Makarios , a clumsy, unintelligent, but tender boy from a poor settlement along the river. Tony... (full context)
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Tony Makarios follows her down to a warehouse. There, Tony finds a dozen other children, none older... (full context)
Chapter Thirteen
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...afraid; a human without a dæmon is unnatural and horrid. The boy introduces himself as Tony Makarios and asks for Ratter. Lyra and Pan rush outside and sit in the snow for... (full context)
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...catch up with the gyptians, the men fall back in horror at the sight of Tony Makarios . Lyra explains that the Gobblers cut children's dæmons away. Iorek reprimands the men for... (full context)
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Lyra asks to see Tony Makarios 's body. He looks like any other human in death. She hugs Pan and thinks... (full context)
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...Coram discuss the witches and where they might've been going. They all stand respectfully while Tony Makarios 's body is cremated, and then they head north. During one stop, Lyra asks Farder... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen
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...with their different groups. Lyra snaps to attention when one girl at her table mentions Tony Makarios . She says that they took Tony because his dæmon didn't change much. (full context)
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...die, but the girl says that she heard what they do when the adults took Tony Makarios . She'd been in the linen closet with him when a nurse came and said... (full context)
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Lyra tells Kaisa about finding Tony Makarios and notices an empty cage with his name on it. She declares that she's going... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
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...that Dust is bad and evil, and separating children keeps them safe from Dust. Remembering Tony Makarios , Lyra vomits. She says that if all adults have Dust it must be okay,... (full context)
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...away from Bolvanger. They're thrilled to be saved but disturbed when Lyra tells them about Tony Makarios and the ghostly dæmons. One child points back toward Bolvanger and Lyra sees Lee Scoresby's... (full context)