Call Me By Your Name

by

André Aciman

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An Italian girl who is romantically interested in Elio. Despite her feelings—and the things Elio tells her—Marzia senses he will hurt her emotionally. In fact, she seems to know that his true affections lie with Oliver, considering that she asks him one night if he’s only with her because he’s mad at Chiara for dating Oliver. Despite this, she doesn’t resist Elio’s advances and eventually has sex with him. Unfortunately, Marzia’s worries come true, and Elio stops paying attention to her as soon as his relationship with Oliver begins in earnest.

Marzia Quotes in Call Me By Your Name

The Call Me By Your Name quotes below are all either spoken by Marzia or refer to Marzia. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Picador edition of Call Me By Your Name published in 2007.
Part 2: Monet’s Berm Quotes

I loved her simplicity, her candor. It was in every word she’d spoken to me that night— untrammeled, frank, human—and in the way her hips responded to mine now, without inhibition, without exaggeration, as though the connection between lips and hips in her body was fluid and instantaneous. A kiss on the mouth was not a prelude to a more comprehensive contact, it was already contact in its totality. There was nothing between our bodies but our clothes, which was why I was not caught by surprise when she slipped a hand between us and down into my trousers, and said, “Sei duro, duro, you’re so hard.” And it was her frankness, unfettered and unstrained, that made me harder yet now.

Related Characters: Elio (speaker), Marzia
Page Number: 116
Explanation and Analysis:

I couldn’t understand how boldness and sorrow, how you’re so hard and do you really care for me? could be so thoroughly bound together. Nor could I begin to fathom how someone so seemingly vulnerable, hesitant, and eager to confide so many uncertainties about herself could, with one and the same gesture, reach into my pants with unabashed recklessness and hold on to my cock and squeeze it.

Related Characters: Elio (speaker), Marzia
Page Number: 117
Explanation and Analysis:
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Marzia Character Timeline in Call Me By Your Name

The timeline below shows where the character Marzia 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?
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...have already suspected something.” Nonetheless, Oliver simply tells Elio to “relax,” inviting a girl named Marzia to feel the knots in his back. “Feel it? He should relax more,” he says.... (full context)
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...remembered that he reads Paul Celan. Feeling high after this interaction, he dances excitedly with Marzia and walks her home along the beach. When they stop for a moment, he suggests... (full context)
Part 2: Monet’s Berm
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...unresponsive, shutting himself into his room for the night. Unable to sit still, Elio calls Marzia, who has a “dusky chill in her voice” but agrees to ride bikes with him... (full context)
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As he plays dumb, Elio realizes that he’s “ignoring” Marzia’s signals so as to “draw her out.” He then understands with an unpleasant sense of... (full context)
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Elio lets go of his own bike and leans into Marzia, his hands moving up her shirt as hers play with his hair and then travel... (full context)
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Even as Elio kisses Marzia, he finds himself composing a note that he later leaves in Oliver’s room. It reads:... (full context)
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In the afternoon, Elio plays tennis with Marzia. Later, they have sex in his bedroom with the shutters closed but the windows open,... (full context)
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...Without answering him, Elio brings his mouth forward in the same way that he kissed Marzia the previous night. Before long, Elio gets under the covers and revels in the way... (full context)
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...Se l’amore and wonders if Oliver went to the same book party that he and Marzia stumbled into the other night. He then falls asleep and wakes up before knowing he... (full context)
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...“Do we need to speak about it?” Elio says eventually, using “the same words that Marzia […] uttered when [he] wished to know if she liked what [he’d] done to her.” (full context)
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On his way home, Elio stops at Marzia’s house and joins her as she goes to the beach. Elated, he realizes that he... (full context)
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...grabs two ripe peaches and goes upstairs and falls asleep while thinking about Oliver or Marzia walking by the balcony and seeing him lying naked on the bed. He imagines one... (full context)
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That night, Elio and Marzia go to the movies and make plans to go to the bookstore the following night.... (full context)
Part 4: Ghost Spots
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...“We missed you,” Vimini says, and when Elio asks who we is, she says, “Me. Marzia. She came looking for you the other day.” Vimini explains that she told Marzia where... (full context)