Beneath a Scarlet Sky


Mark Sullivan

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Cardinal Schuster Character Analysis

Cardinal Schuster is the highest-ranking religious figure in Milan. He is a kind, intelligent man who seeks peace and an end to bloodshed. He regularly communicates with Father Re and plays a role in helping Jewish people flee from Italy. Near the end of the novel, he comforts Pino after Anna’s death and talks him out of taking his own life.

Cardinal Schuster Quotes in Beneath a Scarlet Sky

The Beneath a Scarlet Sky quotes below are all either spoken by Cardinal Schuster or refer to Cardinal Schuster. 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 24 Quotes

The general opened the rear door and looked in at them, smiling. “Vorarbeiter, tell them my name is Major General Hans Leyers of the Organization Todt. Ask them to repeat that, please.”

“Repeat it, mon général?”

“Yes,” Leyers shot back, irritated. “My name. My rank. The Organization Todt.”

Pino did as he was told, and they each repeated his name, rank, and the Organization Todt, even the little sick girl.

Related Characters: General Leyers (speaker), Pino Lella (speaker), Walter Rauff, Cardinal Schuster
Page Number: 349
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Cardinal Schuster Character Timeline in Beneath a Scarlet Sky

The timeline below shows where the character Cardinal Schuster appears in Beneath a Scarlet Sky. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...the shoulder and asks him what the men are doing. Before the cleric can answer, Cardinal Schuster , who is standing nearby, makes his presence known to Pino. Realizing who is in... (full context)
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Pino returns to Mimo and Carletto, and reports what he heard from the Cardinal . Together, the three of them walk around the Galleria as a storm begins to... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...Eventually, Pino and Mimo make it to the Duomo, which is entirely intact, suggesting that the Cardinal ’s plan worked. Although bombs are still falling throughout the city, Pino and Mimo see... (full context)
Chapter 17
War and Morality Theme Icon the chancellery. Leyers brings Pino inside to translate. Pino tries to hide himself from Cardinal Schuster but is unsuccessful. Leyers tells the cardinal that, in light of the bombing, Colonel Rauff... (full context)
Chapter 24
War and Morality Theme Icon, so they know who rescued them. Then, he tells Pino to take them to Cardinal Schuster . Shocked by this turn of events, Pino does as he is told. Neither Pino... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...where they will be safe. One day, Leyers asks Pino to drive him to see Cardinal Schuster . Inside the chancellery, Pino and Leyers find Schuster, who introduces them to Eugen Dollmann.... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...and Pino return to Milan where they meet with a number of important figures including Cardinal Schuster , Mussolini, higher-ups in the SS, and resistance leaders. Cardinal Schuster calls the meeting to... (full context)
Chapter 31
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Before Pino can do anything drastic, Cardinal Schuster stops him. The cardinal knows the partisans are looking for a so-called traitor and he... (full context)