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Perroquet is the servant of Admiral Desmoulins, the senior French officer at Brest. He is of unusual appearance, being as small as a child and, for a European, very dark. He is also of considerable intelligence. It is Perroquet who in November 1807 notices that the British fleet apparently blockading Brest is behaving in a way contrary to the normal nature of ships. Together with Admiral Desmoulins and a Captain Jumeau, he sails among the vessels to examine them at close quarters and correctly deduces that they are made out of rainwater. Perroquet has in fact observed Gilbert Norrell's first act of magical warfare[11].


Aristide Toussaint Perroquet, portrayed in 1804. Napoleon, never the abolitionist, did appear to have taken a certain liking for the man.