Bartimaeus: I consider Bartimaeus the main character in this trilogy. He is certainly the main djinni, a demon who has survived several millenia serving human magicians on Earth. Old, powerful, snarky. Very sarcastic.
“It's two thousand, one hundred and twenty-nine years since Ptolemy died. He was fourteen. Eight world empires have risen up and fallen away since that day, and I still carry his face...”
“We communicated with pithy: run, jump, left, up, Duck, etc. This latter was an observation I made on the edge of the lake, Nathaniel unfortunately took this as a command which led to our temporary immersion”
Bartimaeus: A 5,000 year old djinni summoned by Nathaniel. He has a snarky, sarcastic and often sardonic outlook on things and a very dry sense of humor. He also is wise about magic and magicians as a result of his long enslavement. Also goes by: Sakhr al-Jinni, N'gorso the Mighty, Rekhyt, and the Serpent of Silver Plumes.
“Hey, it was his first time. I wanted to scare him. And I did, too.”
“One magician demanded that I show him an image of the love of his life. I rustled up a mirror.”
“Watch where you leave your victims! I stubbed my toe on that!”
“Minor magicians take pains to fit this traditional wizardly bill. By contrast, the really powerful magicians take pleasure in looking like accountants.”
“That did it. I'd gone through a lot in the past few days. Everyone I met seemed to want a piece of me: djinn, magicians, humans...it made no difference.I'd been summoned, manhandled, shot at, captured, constricted, bossed about and generally taken for granted. And now, to cap it all, this bloke was joining in too, when all I'd been doing was quietly trying to kill him.”
“He sounded almost eager. Wrong emotion, kid--try fear.”
“I even know a djinni once who was imprisoned in a dirty old lamp.”
“Yes, it is your fault, but, er, don't blame yourself. Life's for the living...and, erm....Oh, whatever.”
“Running's good if your skin needs saving.”
“I had a chance at him now. Things were a bit more even. He knew my name, I knew his. He had six years' experience, I had five thousand and ten. That was the kind of odds that you could do something with.”
“He was transfixed at the sight of the lords and ladies of his realm running about like demented chickens”
“I'm still not impressed. Murder's part of the game for you lot. I mean, you're obsessed with revenge already, and you're only about six."”
“Just what I needed: an amorous bird.”
Bartimaeus: The 5,000 year old, snarky djinni from "The Amulet of Samarkand", still with his cynically sarcastic sense of humor, wisecracks and love for teasing Nathaniel.
“Hey, we've all got problems, chum. I'm overly talkative. You look like a field of buttercups in a suit.”
“Surely you hadn't forgotten, you summon me, the backchat comes free. It's part of the package.”
“Out of the corner of my eye I saw the orangutan scratch his armpit. Either this was a subtle signal promising swift aid, or else he hadn't seen me.”
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