Artemis Fowl, Essential Revision Notes

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Table of Contents

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer 4

Summary 4

Chapter 1 4

Chapter 2 4

Chapter 3 6

Chapter 4 7

Chapter 5 8

Chapter 6 9

Chapter 7 12

Chapter 8 14

Chapter 9 16

Themes 18

Greed 18

Violence 20

Gender 22

Race 24

Morality (or Moral Ambiguity) 26

Technology and Modernization 27

The Environment 29

Family 31

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Summary

Chapter 1

Artemis and Butler are in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam to meet Nguyen. Butler is a bodyguard and is very well-armed. Nguyen is leading them to a healer in the city. The healer is a very small woman who likes rice wine and is usually drunk. She lives under a fire escape and does not like the light. When Artemis speaks to her, she answers him in English. Artemis tells her he is Irish. He offers her half a bottle of whiskey. As she reaches out to grab it, he notices she has mottled green skin. She drinks the whole bottle. She offers to heal Artemis’s toothache. He tells her he is healthy but wants her book. When she tells him to go to a library, he says he knows she is a fairy. She threatens to kill him with her magic, but he laughs at her, as she no longer has any power left from drinking so much wine.

Artemis gives her options. He can leave without the book but she will be dead within a day; he has put holy water in the whiskey bottle and it will kill her. The second option is to lend him the book for thirty minutes, and he will then return her magic. He has two syringes with him. The first contains spring water from a fairy well beneath the Ring of Tara that will neutralise the holy water; the other is a man-made virus that will regenerate her liver and remove all traces of alcohol from her system.

She agrees to the second option. Artemis injects her with the spring water and she lends him a golden book the size of a matchbox. Butler photographs all the pages using a digital camera and emails it back to Fowl Manor in Dublin. He then admin...

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