Bernie Johansen, sometimes referred to as Benny, was a half-gyptian man working at Jordan College as the pastry cook. He was a kindly, solitary man, and he was one of the rare people with a dæmon the same sex as himself (i.e. male). He informed the other gyptians, namely John Faa and Farder Coram, of Lyra Silvertongue's antics and status whilst she was in Oxford.
He listened to the story from the Costa family about how Lyra had tried to hijack their boat and how she should be disciplined. He told them, in return, how she had saved a starling from the Kitchen's cat for it to die anyway and so had plucked and gutted it before smuggling it into the great ovens, wanting to retrieve it once cooked. The chef had sent her away and the starling had ended up at the Jordan feast where Dr Carne had eaten it and became unwell. Lyra was subsequently banned from the Kitchens for a term after confessing.
|Locations||Chapel • Common Room • Hall • Jordan catacombs • Jordan Library • Jordan Oratory • Master's Lodging • Retiring Room • Sheldon Building • Yaxley Quadrangle • Lodge Tower • Palmer's Tower • Scholars' Garden • Library Garden • Lecture Theatre|
|Staff||Bernie Johansen • Bill • Dr Carne • Charles • Father Heyst • Mr Cawson • Mrs Lonsdale • P. Trelawney • Parslow family • Roger Parslow • Sub-Rector • Shuter • Werner Hammond • Wren • Raymond Stringer • Janet • Solicitor • Domestic Bursar • Cousins • Mr Wood|
|Occupations||Butler • Master of Jordan College • Steward|