A Moveable Feast

Sylvia Beach Character Analysis

Sylvia Beach is the owner of the English language bookstore Shakespeare & Company, which serves as another important hub of expatriate literary activity. Beach serves a mentor and benefactor to Hemingway, allowing him to borrow books from the shop at reduced rates and urging Hemingway to eat enough when he skips meals due to poverty.

Sylvia Beach Quotes in A Moveable Feast

The A Moveable Feast quotes below are all either spoken by Sylvia Beach or refer to Sylvia Beach. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 8 Quotes

Outside on the rue de l’Odeon I was disgusted with myself for having complained about things. I was doing what I did of my own free will and I was doing it stupidly. I should have bought a large piece of bread and eaten it instead of skipping a meal. I could taste the brown lovely crust. But it is dry in your mouth without something to drink. You God damn complainer. You dirty phony saint and martyr, I said to myself. You quit journalism of your own accord. You have credit and Sylvia would have loaned you money. She has plenty of times. Sure. And then the next thing you would be compromising on something else. Hunger is healthy and the pictures do look better when you are hungry. Eating is wonderful too and do you know where you are going to eat right now?

Related Characters: Ernest Hemingway (speaker), Sylvia Beach
Related Symbols: Alcohol
Page Number: 68
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Sylvia Beach Character Timeline in A Moveable Feast

The timeline below shows where the character Sylvia Beach appears in A Moveable Feast. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3: Shakespeare and Company
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...books so he uses the rental library of Shakespeare and Company, a bookstore owned by Sylvia Beach. Shakespeare and Company is a “lovely, warm, cheerful place” with pictures of famous writers... (full context)
Chapter 7: “Une Génération Perdue”
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...between periods of work. He reads books by Aldous Huxley, D.H. Lawrence, and others from Sylvia’s collection. Stein objects to Hemingway reading Huxley, claiming that he is a “dead man.” She... (full context)
Chapter 8: Hunger Was Good Discipline
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...down to Shakespeare and Company, feeling that his “perceptions are heightened again.” At the bookshop, Sylvia tells Hemingway that he is too thin and asks what he ate for lunch. Hemingway... (full context)
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Hemingway asks Sylvia if he has any mail; he is waiting on payment from Germany, which he claims... (full context)
Chapter 16: Winter in Shrums
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...“a great event.” They drink beer, wine, kirsch, and Schnapps. They have brought books from Sylvia’s bookstore and sometimes they play poker at the hotel. In the morning, they eat delicious... (full context)
Chapter 17: Scott Fitzgerald
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...though Scott tried to pay for everything. Hemingway plans to borrow money if necessary from Sylvia Beach. (full context)
Paris Sketches: The Education of Mr. Bumby
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...difficult” and that Bumby “must always respect it.” Bumby asks if they can go to Sylvia Beach’s bookstore, and observes that she has a lovely name, “Silver Beach.” (full context)