Call Me By Your Name

by

André Aciman

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Chiara Character Analysis

An Italian girl who is Elio’s age. The summer before Oliver arrived, Chiara was madly obsessed with Elio. Now, though, she looks like an adult and wants nothing to do with him, instead focusing on Oliver, who—much to Elio’s dismay—returns her affections. Sick with jealousy, Elio watches Chiara and Oliver as they float in a small boat, Chiara taking her bra off once they drift beyond a certain distance. Before long, though, Oliver loses interest in Chiara and stops spending time with her even though she continues to come to the house looking for him.

Chiara Quotes in Call Me By Your Name

The Call Me By Your Name quotes below are all either spoken by Chiara or refer to Chiara. 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:
Identity and Attraction Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Picador edition of Call Me By Your Name published in 2007.
Part 1: If Not Later, When? Quotes

At my age, [Chiara’s] body was more than ready for him. More than mine? I wondered. She was after him, that much was clear, while all I really wanted was one night with him, just one night—one hour, even—if only to determine whether I wanted him for another night after that. What I didn’t realize was that wanting to test desire is nothing more than a ruse to get what we want without admitting that we want it.

Related Characters: Elio (speaker), Oliver, Chiara
Page Number: 42
Explanation and Analysis:
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Chiara Character Timeline in Call Me By Your Name

The timeline below shows where the character Chiara appears in Call Me By Your Name. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: If Not Later, When?
Identity and Attraction Theme Icon
Pain, Heartbreak, and Regret Theme Icon
Coming of Age and Maturity Theme Icon
Each day, neighbors and friends visit the house, including Chiara, a girl Elio’s age who was smitten with him last summer but now shows no... (full context)
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In the coming weeks, Elio senses that Chiara is—like him—“smitten” with Oliver. However, this does nothing to change the way he himself feels.... (full context)
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Time and Anticipation Theme Icon
...only people vying for Oliver’s time. Indeed, locals invite him almost nightly to dinner, and Chiara and her sister often whisk him away. As a result, Elio waits to see if... (full context)
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Pain, Heartbreak, and Regret Theme Icon
Coming of Age and Maturity Theme Icon
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Time and Anticipation Theme Icon
Chiara spends much of her time with Oliver while Elio himself simply yearns for one night... (full context)
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Watching Chiara and Oliver dance one night in town, Elio tries to convince himself that this is... (full context)
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Pain, Heartbreak, and Regret Theme Icon
...as Oliver skips their tennis matches and swimming outings in order to spend time with Chiara. Before long, though, Chiara starts coming to the house and waiting for Oliver to appear,... (full context)
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In town one night, Oliver walks by with Chiara and sees Elio sitting with friends outside a caffè. Stopping for a moment, Oliver asks... (full context)
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...whether or not he wants Oliver to know his true feelings. During a conversation about Chiara, Oliver finally snaps and admits that he’s not particularly interested in her, suggesting that maybe... (full context)
Part 2: Monet’s Berm
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By the end of July, Oliver and Chiara’s relationship has fully ended. In fact, Oliver has started having a number of flings with... (full context)