* Site-Outage Notice: Our engineering elves will be tweaking the Shmoop site from Monday, December 22 10:00 PM PST to Tuesday, December 23 5:00 AM PST. The site will be unavailable during this time.
Dismiss
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

Crusty

Character Analysis

Crusty owns a water bed store in West Hollywood, about a block away from the gates to the Underworld. He likes to lure his customers into lying down on his water beds, which are exactly six feet long. If the customer is shorter than six feet, he stretches them with ropes. If the customers are longer than six feet, he chops off whatever part hangs over the edge. Annabeth and Grover get tied up in two of Crusty's bed, but Percy is able to save them by outsmarting Crusty. He asks Crusty to try a bed for him, and then he lops off Crusty's head. Crusty is the last big obstacle that Percy and his friends must face before entering the Underworld.

Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement