The Golden Compass

by

Philip Pullman

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Gyptian Term Analysis

A group of people in Lyra's world that are modeled off of real-world Roma people. They're transient people who live on narrowboats, and the general populace thinks of them as thieves and liars. While they have the right to free movement in England, they have poor legal standing in most other cases.

Gyptian Quotes in The Golden Compass

The The Golden Compass quotes below are all either spoken by Gyptian or refer to Gyptian. For each quote, you can also see the other terms 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 Three Quotes

Lyra was frightened. No one worried about a child gone missing for a few hours, certainly not a gyptian: in the tight-knit gyptian boat world, all children were precious and extravagantly loved, and a mother knew that if a child was out of sight, it wouldn't be far from someone else's who would protect it instinctively.

Related Characters: Lyra, Ma Costa, The Gobblers, Billy Costa
Page Number: 55
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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
Explanation and Analysis:

"And the Church in recent times, Lyra, it's been getting more commanding. There's councils for this and councils for that; there's talk of reviving the Office of Inquisition, God forbid. And the Master has to tread warily between all these powers. He has to keep Jordan College on the right side of the Church, or it won't survive."

Related Characters: John Faa (speaker), Lyra, Farder Coram, The Master
Page Number: 127
Explanation and Analysis:
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Gyptian Term Timeline in The Golden Compass

The timeline below shows where the term Gyptian appears in The Golden Compass. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Three
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...the "townies," and then banding with the townies to fight the brickburners' children or the gyptian children, whose families arrive with their boats in the spring and fall. (full context)
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The last time a particular gyptian family came to Oxford, Lyra and Roger stole one of their narrowboats, rode down the... (full context)
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...friends Hugh and Simon (Roger is busy with chores), she hears Ma Costa, a grand gyptian woman, yelling at a horse trader. Lyra is nervous—Ma Costa is kind, but has hit... (full context)
Chapter Six
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...to the kidnapped kids because they caught a Gobbler. He says that the Gobblers target gyptian kids more than others, so the gyptians are planning a rescue mission. Tony says that... (full context)
Chapter Seven
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The Costas' boat and a thousand other gyptian boats head for an ancient meeting hall, the Zaal, in the middle of the fens.... (full context)
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...wooden chairs. Tony whispers that the standing one is John Faa. John Faa welcomes the gyptians, states the purpose of the meeting, and says that anyone who wants to give Lyra... (full context)
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...afraid of her husband's reaction, so she sent Lyra to Oxfordshire to live with a gyptian wet nurse. When her husband found out, he went intending to kill the nurse and... (full context)
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...The men give the alethiometer back to Lyra, who feels suddenly shy. She asks which gyptian women nursed her, and John Faa says that it was Ma Costa. They send her... (full context)
Chapter Eight
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...her mother. She doesn't worry long, however, as she throws herself into riling up the gyptian children and awing them with stories about Lord Asriel's unjust captivity. Outside of the fens,... (full context)
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On the third evening, the gyptians return to the Zaal. John Faa accepts gold and pledges of men from each of... (full context)
Chapter Nine
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...empty town to the docks. There they find Tony Costa, who quietly says that a gyptian man was killed. The ship to go north is huge. They climb up the gangway... (full context)
Chapter Ten
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...name of Farder Coram's witch friend, Serafina Pekkala, and listens to Farder Coram state the gyptians' business. Farder Coram asks if Dr. Lanselius knows about the Gobblers. Lyra watches as the... (full context)
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Iorek comes close to the gate and says that he knows the gyptians are looking for the children and the "child cutters." Because Iorek doesn't like the child... (full context)
Chapter Eleven
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...Kaisa. Kaisa looks at Lyra, says he knows who she is, and asks if the gyptians are here to fight. Farder Coram says they're here to rescue children and need the... (full context)
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Lyra wakes up after noon and finds the rest of the gyptians mostly ready to go. She joins Tony Costa and his friends in a cafe and... (full context)
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...the harbor. There, Iorek 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... (full context)
Chapter Thirteen
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When they catch up with the gyptians, the men fall back in horror at the sight of Tony Makarios. Lyra explains that... (full context)
Chapter Fourteen
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...he doesn't know who she is, Lyra says her name is Lizzie and that the gyptians she was with are traders. She wonders if John Faa will be able to rescue... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen
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Lyra, being practical and rather unimaginative, doesn't worry too much about the gyptians, and instead believes that they and Iorek will save her. At breakfast, she finds Roger.... (full context)
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At lunchtime, Lyra turns around to find Billy Costa. She tells him that the gyptians are coming and to call her Lizzie. He sits with her, Roger nearby, and tells... (full context)
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...written on it. Roger squeals in surprise as Kaisa swoops down and explains that the gyptians are fine and on their way. Lyra sends Billy and Roger to keep watch and... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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...afraid of Mrs. Coulter more than anything else. She focuses on the fact that the gyptians and Iorek are coming to save her. In the cafeteria, Lyra discovers that the other... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
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...it's something she knows how to do well. She accounts for her weeks with the gyptians, invents a stint as a maid at the bar in Trollesund, and hysterically asks why... (full context)
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Mrs. Coulter sets a group of Tartars on the gyptians and Lyra watches her wrestle with Roger. Suddenly, Iorek leaps into the fray and Lyra... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
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...things happening at Bolvanger are evil, so they've aligned themselves with Lyra and with the gyptians because of Farder Coram. Because of this, they're also connected to Lord Asriel. She promises... (full context)