The character Jimmy Moon is Gavin Doyle’s Newfoundland dog. He is 150 pounds of fluffy black that stands atop webbed paws. Gavin Doyle and water are his best friends, which bothers Merriweather to no end. The calico cat has a difficult time avoiding water in the greenhouse in her rush to scamper away from piles of clay pots toppling over. She can’t seem to get away from dragging the fringes of her long scarf through the many puddles Jimmy Moon leaves behind. His jowls just cannot carry all that water.
Second only to Gavin and water, Jimmy Moon loves words. In the story’s dialogue he often uses unusual words, making Abbie think she should carry a dictionary around with her. Here are a few of his words readers will find he repeats to his fellow dog and cat characters:
- Anecdoche, a conversation in which everyone is talking, but nobody is listening.
- Coddiwomple, to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination.
- Discombobulate, confuse someone.
- Exulansis, the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it.
- Kenopsia, the eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place usually bustling but now abandoned; once Potter’s Bench’s state of being.
- Onism, the frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time.
- Petrichor, the smell of rain on the ground after a dry spell. Or as Jimmy Moon used it: to describe the smell of the greenhouse after the morning watering, which he loved so much.
- Phantasmic scents, spirits or ghosts; sometimes causing Abby night terrors.
- Vellichor, the strange wistfulness of used bookshops; or dried up greenhouses.