| Quote #7
Aunty Em stiffened, as if Annabeth had done something wrong, but then the old woman relaxed just as quickly, so I figured it must've been my imagination. (11.75)
The gods and monsters understand and interact with one another and with demi-gods on a non-verbal level. They use their senses to detect and understanding things around them. When monsters are able to smell Percy, what exactly are they smelling? What does this smell tell them?
| Quote #8
Grover explained that he had come across Gladiola in the woods and they'd struck up a conversation. (12.92)
Grover is perhaps the best communicator of all the characters. He can not only talk to animals, but he also seems to be able to communicate with nature itself. He may not be strong and burly and really good at sword-fighting, but his ability to talk to all kinds of things helps Percy in big ways on his quest.
| Quote #9
There was no sound, but as clear as day, I heard it say: Free me, lord. Please. (16.137)
What?! Percy not only can talk to water and things in the water, but he can talk to horses and animals that are related to horses. Poseidon created horses out of waves. The way in which this horse calls Percy "lord" makes Percy sound almost like a ruler or like someone who is very powerful.