Professor Gargan is an instructor in the English department at the Catholic women's college. Sister Justinian informs the college staff that his tenure had recently "been adjusted" and that he could live off the royalties of his book, Twilight of the Gonads (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 75).


The word seems an abbreviation of gargantuan[1] (huge; immense; tremendous) or, more likely, Bellairs replaced the O’s from gorgon[2] (“terrifying”) with A’s.


  1. Wiktionary: gargantuan
  2. Wiktionary: gorgon
7. Easter Address to the Faculty by the President of a Catholic Women's College

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