Call Me By Your Name

by

André Aciman

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Vimini Character Analysis

A ten-year-old Italian girl who has leukemia. Everybody in B. loves Vimini, who is sweet and smart. She takes a liking to Oliver, with whom she begins a genuine friendship. When Elio and Oliver leave for Rome in such haste that they forget to say goodbye to anybody, Vimini is hurt. She tells Elio this when he returns, pointing out that he never told Marzia that he was leaving and suggesting that Marzia knows he doesn’t care about her. Later, when Vimini dies, Elio writes to Oliver, and his return letter suggests he’s quite moved by her death.
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Vimini Character Timeline in Call Me By Your Name

The timeline below shows where the character Vimini 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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...of easy communication and tense allusion. When Oliver isn’t in “heaven,” he spends time with Vimini, a charming ten-year-old who lives in the nearest house and who everyone maintains is a... (full context)
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Oliver and Vimini start going to the beach together almost every day, where they sit and talk. Elio... (full context)
Part 2: Monet’s Berm
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...to be found. He passes the time by going to the beach and speaking to Vimini—who tells him that Oliver likes him more than he likes Oliver—and then he comes home... (full context)
Part 4: Ghost Spots
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Elio rises from his nap in the evening and goes downstairs, where he finds Vimini. They decide to go swimming together, walking out and sitting on a rock where she... (full context)
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Oliver gets married the next summer. Elio writes him a letter when Vimini dies, but by the time Oliver—who’s traveling when he receives the letter—responds, his sorrowful note... (full context)
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...there,” as is the same gate to the beach, though things are also different because Vimini, Anchise, and Mr. Pearlman have all died. And although Elio wants to show Oliver that... (full context)
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The old lovers sit on the rock Oliver used to visit with Vimini. “She’d be thirty today,” he says. “She wrote to me every day. Every single day.... (full context)