A View from the Bridge

Rodolpho Character Analysis

The other one of Beatrice’s cousins from Italy, who stays at Eddie’s apartment. Unlike Marco, Rodolpho spends his money lavishly on clothes and other things, and enjoys himself out in the city. He sings in a high-pitched voice, cooks, and can sew. Because of this, Eddie is very suspicious of him, and thinks that he may be homosexual, repeatedly saying that he “ain’t right.” Rodolpho ends up falling for Catherine, and the two prepare to get married. Eddie warns Catherine that Rodolpho may simply be seeking a way to become an American citizen, but Rodolpho vehemently denies this. While he may truly love Catherine, his behavior toward her is at times not so different from Eddie’s, as he calls her a little girl at one point, and repeatedly tells her what to do.

Rodolpho Quotes in A View from the Bridge

The A View from the Bridge quotes below are all either spoken by Rodolpho or refer to Rodolpho. 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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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Classics edition of A View from the Bridge published in 2009.
Act 1 Quotes

Listen, they’ll think it’s a millionaire’s house compared to the way they live. Don’t worry about the walls. They’ll be thankful.

Related Characters: Eddie Carbone (speaker), Marco, Rodolpho
Page Number: 9
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Me, I want to be an American. And then I want to go back to Italy when I am rich, and I will buy a motorcycle.

Related Characters: Rodolpho (speaker)
Page Number: 25
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I’m gonna buy a paper doll that I can call my own, A doll that other fellows cannot steal.

Related Characters: Rodolpho (speaker)
Related Symbols: “Paper Doll”
Page Number: 28
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Beatrice:
The girl is gonna be eighteen years old, it’s time already.

Eddie:
B., he’s taking her for a ride!

Beatrice:
All right, that’s her ride. What’re you gonna stand over her till she’s forty?

Related Characters: Eddie Carbone (speaker), Beatrice (speaker), Catherine, Rodolpho
Page Number: 32
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Alfieri:
Is there a question of law somewhere?

Eddie:
That’s what I want to ask you.

Alfieri:
Because there’s nothing illegal about a girl falling in love with an immigrant.

Related Characters: Eddie Carbone (speaker), Alfieri (speaker), Catherine, Rodolpho
Page Number: 42
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Act 2 Quotes

Do you think I am so desperate? My brother is desperate, not me. You think I would carry on my back the rest of my life a woman I didn’t love just to be an American? It’s so wonderful? You think we have no tall buildings in Italy? Electric lights? No wide streets? No flags? No automobiles? Only work we don’t have. I want to be an American so I can work, that is the only wonder here—work!

Related Characters: Rodolpho (speaker), Catherine
Page Number: 60
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Don’t, don’t laugh at me! I’ve been here all my life. . . . Every day I saw him when he left in the morning and when he came home at night. You think it’s so easy to turn around and say to a man he’s nothin’ to you no more?

Related Characters: Catherine (speaker), Eddie Carbone, Rodolpho
Page Number: 61
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Catherine. If I take in my hands a little bird. And she grows and wishes to fly. But I will not let her out of my hands because I love her so much, is that right for me to do?

Related Characters: Rodolpho (speaker), Catherine
Page Number: 61
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Alfieri:
To promise not to kill is not dishonorable.

Marco:
No?

Alfieri:
No.

Marco:
Then what is done with such a man.

Alfieri:
Nothing. If he obeys the law, he lives. That’s all.

Marco:
The law? All the law is not in a book.

Alfieri:
Yes. In a book. There is no other law.

Marco:
He degraded my brother. My blood. He robbed my children, he mocks my work. I work to come here, mister!

Alfieri:
I know, Marco—

Marco:
There is no law for that? Where is the law for that?

Alfieri:
There is none.

Related Characters: Alfieri (speaker), Marco (speaker), Eddie Carbone, Rodolpho
Page Number: 79
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I want my name! He didn’t take my name; he’s a punk. Marco’s got my name—and you can run tell him, kid, that he’s gonna give it back to me in front of this neighborhood, or we have it out.

Related Characters: Eddie Carbone (speaker), Marco, Rodolpho
Page Number: 83
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Rodolpho Character Timeline in A View from the Bridge

The timeline below shows where the character Rodolpho appears in A View from the Bridge. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
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A man escorts Beatrice’s cousins, Rodolpho and Marco, to Eddie’s apartment. Marco and Rodolpho enter the apartment and meet Beatrice and... (full context)
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Eddie tells Marco and Rodolpho about the work they will have, on the docks. They talk about how there are... (full context)
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Catherine asks if Rodolpho is married. He isn’t, and he says he wants to stay in the U.S., become... (full context)
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...that I can call my own, a doll that other fellows cannot steal.” Eddie tells Rodolpho to stop singing, as it will alert neighbors that someone new is staying in the... (full context)
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...his family a few weeks in the future. Eddie is waiting impatiently for Catherine and Rodolpho to return from seeing a movie. He tells Beatrice that Rodolpho is supposed to stay... (full context)
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Eddie asks Beatrice if Catherine has said anything about Rodolpho, and Beatrice says that Rodolpho is “a nice kid." Eddie disagrees, and Beatrice says he’s... (full context)
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Eddie says that Marco “goes around like a man,” in contrast to Rodolpho. He says he didn’t bring Catherine up for someone like Rodolpho. Beatrice changes the subject... (full context)
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Eddie goes outside and talks with two neighbors, Mike and Louis, about Marco and Rodolpho. They compliment Marco’s strength and work ethic, but then say that Rodolpho “has a sense... (full context)
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Eddie asks where Catherine and Rodolpho have been, wanting to make sure they haven’t gone to Times Square. Catherine says that... (full context)
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Eddie asks Catherine if she likes Rodolpho. She says she does, and he warns her that Rodolpho doesn’t respect her, and hasn’t... (full context)
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Catherine is upset, and insists that Rodolpho loves her. She runs into the apartment and Eddie follows her. Inside, Beatrice angrily tells... (full context)
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...wants him to do, since there is nothing illegal about Catherine falling in love with Rodolpho. (full context)
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Eddie says that Rodolpho is only interested in Catherine in order to become an American citizen, but Alfieri says... (full context)
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Eddie then tells Alfieri that Rodolpho “ain’t right.” Alfieri tries to get Eddie to be more specific, and Eddie says that... (full context)
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Eddie says that people on the docks call Rodolpho “Paper Doll” and “Blondie,” and laugh at him. Alfieri again tells Eddie that there is... (full context)
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...just to support Catherine and raise her. He angrily talks about how he has taken Rodolpho in and given him shelter, and now he “puts his dirty filthy hands on her... (full context)
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...but was powerless to stop it. Back at Eddie’s apartment, Catherine tells Beatrice about how Rodolpho and Marco once went to Africa on a fishing boat. Marco and Rodolpho talk about... (full context)
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...find more children there than when they left. Marco says, “the women wait, Eddie,” and Rodolpho says it’s “more strict” in Italy and “not so free” as it is in America.... (full context)
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Rodolpho assures Eddie that he has respect for Catherine and asks if he has done anything... (full context)
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Catherine puts on a record, playing the song “Paper Doll,” and asks Rodolpho if he wants to dance. Rodolpho and Catherine dance, and Beatrice asks Marco about the... (full context)
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Eddie says that the docks aren’t the place for Rodolpho to be working, and says he would work somewhere else if he could make dresses,... (full context)
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Rodolpho grazes Eddie’s jaw, and Eddie tells him to try to block his punch now. Eddie... (full context)
Act 2
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...it is now the 23rd of December. Marco and Eddie are working, and Catherine and Rodolpho are alone at the apartment. Catherine asks Rodolpho what he would think about living with... (full context)
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Catherine tells Rodolpho she doesn’t want to stay here because she is afraid of Eddie. Rodolpho says they... (full context)
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Starting to get mad, Rodolpho says he is not desperate enough to “carry on my back to the rest of... (full context)
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Catherine tells Rodolpho that she’s lived with Eddie her whole life, and asks, “You think its so easy... (full context)
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Catherine starts to cry and embraces Rodolpho. She tells him, “I don’t know anything, teach me, Rodolpho, hold me.” Rodolpho takes her... (full context)
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...Eddie that she has to leave, and Eddie says that she will stay, and that Rodolpho is the one who should leave. Catherine says she can’t stay in Eddie’s apartment, but... (full context)
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Rodolpho is shocked and tells Eddie to stop. He says that Catherine will be his wife,... (full context)
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...wife is planning to rent a room in an apartment above them for Marco and Rodolpho. Alfieri tells Eddie that he hasn’t proven anything about Rodolpho, but Eddie insists that “he... (full context)
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Eddie says that Rodolpho “didn’t give me the right kind of fight,” and tells Alfieri that he kissed Rodolpho... (full context)
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...living in his apartment. He goes to his apartment and asks Beatrice where Marco and Rodolpho are. They have already moved into an apartment upstairs. (full context)
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Eddie says he doesn’t want Catherine to move in with Rodolpho and Beatrice gets upset. Eddie says, “this is my house here not their house.” He... (full context)
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Eddie says that a wife should believe her husband, and insists that Rodolpho “ain’t right.” He says that Catherine is a baby and doesn’t know what she’s doing... (full context)
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...at night if she wants to now, and maybe meet another man, someone other than Rodolpho. Catherine says she is settled on Rodolpho. (full context)
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...Beatrice that two other illegal Italian immigrants are staying upstairs in the same apartment as Rodolpho and Marco. Eddie worries that these two other immigrants might get caught, and lead the... (full context)
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...did you do?” The immigration officers come down the stairs of the building with Marco, Rodolpho, and two other immigrants. Catherine tries to say that Rodolpho is American and was born... (full context)
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...Marco. The officers take the immigrants outside. A butcher named Lipari, whose apartment Marco and Rodolpho had moved into, sees the other two immigrants, his family members. He and his wife... (full context)
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Later, at a prison, Alfieri and Catherine visit Marco and Rodolpho. Alfieri says that Marco can be bailed out until his immigration hearing, but only if... (full context)
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...the sewer. Beatrice tells Catherine to stop saying this, and shows some sympathy for Eddie. Rodolpho comes in, and tells Eddie that Marco is coming. Beatrice tries to get Eddie to... (full context)
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Rodolpho tries to tell Eddie that they can still be “comrades,” and Eddie says he wants... (full context)
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...she is just telling the truth, as Marco arrives. Eddie goes outside to meet him. Rodolpho begs Marco not to kill Eddie, and Beatrice tells Eddie to get back in the... (full context)