The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux


Kate DiCamillo

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Uncle Character Analysis

Uncle is the man who purchases Mig from her father. He’s not her uncle, but he insists she call him “Uncle.” Uncle tasks Mig with cooking, cleaning, and looking after his sheep, and he regularly gives Mig “a good clout to the ear” for various, often invented reasons. This causes Mig to eventually lose her hearing. When the soldier arrives to confiscate Uncle’s soup-making implements and share the news that soup has been made illegal, he takes Mig from Uncle and informs Uncle that slavery is illegal in the Kingdom of Dor.

Uncle Quotes in The Tale of Despereaux

The The Tale of Despereaux quotes below are all either spoken by Uncle or refer to Uncle. 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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Chapter 26 Quotes

Looking at the royal family had awakened some deep and slumbering need in her; it was if a small candle had been lit in her interior, sparked to life by the brilliance of the king and the queen and the princess.

For the first time in her life, reader, Mig hoped.

And hope is like love…a ridiculous, wonderful, powerful thing.

Mig tried to name this strange emotion; she put a hand up to touch one of her aching ears, and she realized that the feeling she was experiencing, the hope blooming inside of her, felt exactly the opposite of a good clout.

Related Symbols: Light and Dark
Page Number: 134
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Chapter 32 Quotes

“Most foolish,” muttered Gregory as he lifted the cover off the plate, “too foolish to be borne, a world without soup.”

Related Characters: Gregory (speaker), Miggery Sow “Mig”, King Phillip, Queen Rosemary, Uncle
Related Symbols: Soup
Page Number: 163
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Uncle Character Timeline in The Tale of Despereaux

The timeline below shows where the character Uncle appears in The Tale of Despereaux. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 25
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The man who purchases Miggery Sow insists she calls him Uncle. Mig must care for his sheep, cook his food, and scrub his dishes—all without praise.... (full context)
Chapter 26
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Principles, Courage, and Growing Up Theme Icon
On Mig’s seventh birthday, she announces to Uncle that it’s her birthday. He threatens to hit her, does so, and sends Mig to... (full context)
Chapter 27
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Later that night, Mig tries to tell Uncle what she saw earlier. She describes the “human stars” that were “glittering and glowing.” Mig... (full context)
Chapter 28
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...gets her first wish when King Phillip outlaws soup. When the king’s soldier knocks on Uncle’s door one day and announces that soup is now against the law, Uncle is flabbergasted.... (full context)
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Losing his temper, Uncle shouts that the king will want his only possessions, his sheep and his girl, next.... (full context)
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By now, Mig is 12 years old. Her mother is dead, her father sold her, Uncle has hit her until she’s almost deaf, and more than anything she wants to be... (full context)
Chapter 31
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When Uncle used to hit Mig, he always aimed for the ears—but sometimes he missed and hit... (full context)