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14th Sep '16 7:11:54 AM JMQwilleran
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* TastesLikeFeet: In ''Ptolemy's Gate'', Mr. Button describes a cup of tea brewed by Kitty, who is upset about her plan having been rejected by Bartimaeus, as being "as insipid as gnat's piss."
11th Sep '16 4:12:53 PM JMQwilleran
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* DeusExMachina: This happens almost constantly in The Amulet of Samarkand, where something coincidentally happens to save the titular character when he gets into a seemingly inescapable situation (managing to escape from captivity when a little girl crashes her bike into the bushes where he's being interrogated in).

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* DescriptionCut: In ''Ptolemy's Gate'', Bartimaeus reminisces about his meeting with Kitty Jones in the previous installment. He expresses some fondness for her, even though she had no love for djinn.
-->"Whatever she was doing, I hoped she was keeping out of trouble." ... Chapter 4: Kitty - The demon saw Kitty the moment she moved. A wide mouth opened in the featureless head; double rows of teeth descended from above and rose from the lining of the jaw...
* DeusExMachina: This happens almost constantly in The ''The Amulet of Samarkand, Samarkand'', where something coincidentally happens to save the titular character when he gets into a seemingly inescapable situation (managing to escape from captivity when a little girl crashes her bike into the bushes where he's being interrogated in).
11th Sep '16 1:12:56 PM JMQwilleran
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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: Not counting flashbacks to the past, the beginning of ''Ptolemy's Gate'' is said to take place just a few days before the premiere of the great Quentin Makepeace's premiere of the play ''From Wapping to Westminster''. The play itself is when the big climax of the book goes down and everything wraps up the next day.
9th Sep '16 12:32:03 PM ReaderAt2046
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** The reason why IKnowYourTrueName is such a danger for magicians: If a spirit knows a magician's birth name, he can use it to reverse most punishment spells back at the magician.
7th Sep '16 7:16:31 PM JMQwilleran
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* SummoningArtifact: A summoning horn is this. It allows a magician to quickly summon a powerful spirit without the tedious time-consuming chanting of incantation or the normal personal risk of standing in a pentacle facing another pentacle. This is amply demonstrated in ''The Amulet of Samarkand'' when Simon Lovelace uses one to summon Ramuthra, a monstrous spirit capable of [[RealityWarper warping reality itself]].
7th Sep '16 1:35:48 PM JMQwilleran
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* MundaneUtility: Bartimaeus in the beginning of Book 3.

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* MundaneUtility: Bartimaeus in the beginning of Book 3.''Ptolemy's Gate''. Also, djinn in general when magicians are lacking on servants or simply wish to punish them. Djinn are generally potent spirits, capable of being used to wage great campaigns of war. Yet it is not unusual for magicians to employ them to other tasks, such as preparing great quantities of food, cleaning, or posting up flyers about town.
5th Sep '16 10:44:24 PM JMQwilleran
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* JurisdictionFriction: In ''The Golem's Eye'', Internal Affairs under John Mandrake (Nathaniel) is given leave to investigate and put to stop both the golem affair and the Resistance, but the police chief Henry Duvall takes every opportunity he can to push for more power for his department and to try to make Internal Affairs look bad so that he can gain power over the cases.

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* JurisdictionFriction: In ''The Golem's Eye'', Internal Affairs under John Mandrake (Nathaniel) is given leave to investigate and put to stop both the golem affair and the Resistance, but the police chief Henry Duvall takes every opportunity he can to push for more power for his department and to try to make Internal Affairs look bad so that he can gain power over the cases. Oh, and [[spoiler:Duvall is one of the masterminds of the golem plot.]]
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* YouRemindMeOfX: In ''The Golem's Eye'', Bartimaeus realizes fairly early on that John Mandrake (Nathaniel) has adopted certain mannerisms that remind him of someone, though he can't quite figure out who. When he finally does figure it out, he doesn't hesitate to tell Nathaniel that his fiddling with his hair, etc., reminds him of Nathaniel's old master, Arthur Underwood. This does not please Nathaniel at all, as he loathed his old master, who never did anything to protect him and treated him like an idiot incapable of learning or doing much.
5th Sep '16 1:08:51 PM JMQwilleran
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* JurisdictionFriction: In ''The Golem's Eye'', Internal Affairs under John Mandrake (Nathaniel) is given leave to investigate and put to stop both the golem affair and the Resistance, but the police chief Henry Duvall takes every opportunity he can to push for more power for his department and to try to make Internal Affairs look bad so that he can gain power over the cases.
4th Sep '16 1:44:31 PM JMQwilleran
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* KangarooCourt: In ''The Golem's Eye'', we learn that when Kitty was 13, she and her friend Jakob were viciously attacked by a magician who set a demon to cast the Black Tumbler on them. Kitty, possessing Resilience, was only knocked out for a few hours, but Jakob was severely disfigured for life and temporarily blinded. Following the incident, Kitty was invited to bring her case to court. Even though all of her friends and family urged her to decline the invitation, ''knowing'' that it would be a kangaroo court and she would get nothing like justice, she accepted anyway. Things seemed to go well enough at first, with the magician not being present at the start of the hearing and being put down for contempt of court, while Kitty is allowed to tell her side. Sure enough, however, once the magician, Tallow, arrives, he tells his version of events which excoriates her and Jakob and presents himself as a saint. The judge is a fourth-level magician and Tallow's story is accepted without question. Kitty is made to pay a fine of 100 pounds for wasting the court's time, plus a further fine that is much more massive for Tallow's contempt of court in being late, as the loser pays all costs. This is the start of Kitty's days with LaResistance, as the leader of the Resistance group is present at the hearing and realizes based on Kitty's version of events that she possesses Resilience. He offers to pay her fee and has her join the group.
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