Famous Goats: Djali (from the Hunchback of Notre Dame)

Djali is Esmeralda's pet goat in Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Apparently he's a pretty smart goat, performing counting tricks (keep in mind that Esmeralda is a gypsy that is essentially a busker, dancing for money). Some lucky goat got to play next to Gina Lollobrigida in the 1956 movie adaptation of the book - I couldn't find any credits to the goat who played the role.Here's an excerpt of Djali's performance from Victor Hugo's book:

"Djali!" said the dancer, "it is your turn." And, seating herself, she gracefully presented her tambourine to the goat. "Djali," she continued, "what month is this?" The goat lifted its fore foot, and struck one blow upon the tambourine. It was the first month in the year, in fact. "Djali," pursued the young girl, turning her tambourine round, "what day of the month is this?" Djali raised his little gilt hoof, and struck six blows on the tambourine. "Djali," pursued the Egyptian, with still another movement of the tambourine, "what hour of the day is it?" Djali struck seven blows. At that moment, the clock of the Pillar House rang out seven.

The people were amazed.

"There's sorcery at the bottom of it," said a sinister voice in the crowd. It was that of the bald man, who never removed his eyes from the gypsy. She shuddered and turned round; but applause broke forth and drowned the morose exclamation. It even effaced it so completely from her mind, that she continued to question her goat. "Djali, what does Master Guichard Grand-Remy, captain of the pistoliers of the town do, at the procession of Candlemas?"

Djali reared himself on his hind legs, and began to bleat, marching along with so much dainty gravity, that the entire circle of spectators burst into a laugh at this parody of the interested devoutness of the captain of pistoliers. "Djali," resumed the young girl, emboldened by her growing success, "how preaches Master Jacques Charmolue, procurator to the king in the ecclesiastical court?" The goat seated himself on his hind quarters, and began to bleat, waving his fore feet in so strange a manner, that, with the exception of the bad French, and worse Latin, Jacques Charmolue was there complete,--gesture, accent, and attitude.

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