Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Francisco Character Analysis

Francisco is a young married corporal in the Julia Division, where Carlo is first stationed. Carlo falls in love with Francisco immediately: he's extremely handsome and never misses an opportunity to make fun of the war or of Italian officials, Mussolini especially. Not long after being stationed in Albania, Francisco adopts a mouse he names Mario. Mario lives in his pocket, eats scraps, and tries to climb out at inopportune moments. Carlo takes Francisco with him when he's sent on a secret mission by Colonel Rivolta. Francisco immediately understands that the mission is fishy and he's right: after they destroy a "Greek" watchtower, they discover that the residents of the tower were high-ranking Italian officials. Later, when the Italians invade Greece in the winter, Francisco is initially optimistic but soon becomes depressed and almost mad. He speaks exclusively to Mario and goes to extreme measures to keep warm. Finally, when Francisco discovers that he has gangrene, he jumps out of the trench and lets the Greeks shoot him. He confesses to Carlo on his deathbed that he knows Carlo loves him, and Carlo discovers a photo of himself in Francisco's possessions.

Francisco Quotes in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

The Captain Corelli’s Mandolin quotes below are all either spoken by Francisco or refer to Francisco. 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 Vintage edition of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin published in 1994.
Chapter 6 Quotes

We were new and beautiful, we loved each other more than brothers, that's for sure. What spoiled it always was that none of us knew why we were in Albania, none of us had an easy conscience about this rebuilding of the Roman Empire.

Related Characters: Carlo Piero Guercio (speaker), Francisco, Mussolini
Page Number: 32
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I know that the Duce has made it clear that the Greek campaign was a resounding victory for Italy. But he was not there. He does not know what happened. He does not know that the ultimate truth is that history ought to consist only of the anecdotes of the little people who are caught up in it.

Related Characters: Carlo Piero Guercio (speaker), Francisco, Mussolini
Page Number: 33
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Chapter 19 Quotes

(We lost the war and were saved only when the Germans invaded from Bulgaria and opened a second front that the Greeks had no resources to defend. We fought and froze and died for the sake of an empire that has no purpose...)

Related Characters: Carlo Piero Guercio (speaker), Francisco, Mussolini
Page Number: 127
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Francisco Character Timeline in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

The timeline below shows where the character Francisco appears in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6. L'Omosessuale (2)
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...the truth of Socrates' statement. He begins by admitting that he fell in love with Francisco. Francisco was gorgeous and smiled constantly. Francisco wasn't secretive about the fact that he despised... (full context)
Chapter 10. L'Omosessuale (3)
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...Rivolta. Rivolta's headquarters are at an abandoned villa where he can hold parties. He greets Francisco and Carlo with a Roman salute, which makes Francisco giggle. Rivolta dramatically calls them to... (full context)
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Francisco is shocked that they're being asked to go into Greek territory and Mario makes matters... (full context)
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Carlo and Francisco lie in the scrub near the tower. Near midnight, a freezing wind picks up and... (full context)
Chapter 15. L'Omosessuale (4)
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Carlo and Francisco don't report back to Colonel Rivolta after destroying the watchtower. They often talk about it... (full context)
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After Francisco and Carlo return to the Julia Division, several other things happen that Carlo recognizes now... (full context)
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At the end of October, the Italian troops are happy to be at war. Francisco says again and again that they'll be in Athens in two weeks. Then, it starts... (full context)
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...killing many. They continue to trap the Italians and pick them off at their leisure. Francisco begins saying they'll be in Athens in two years. The horses die as the Italians... (full context)
Chapter 17. L'Omosessuale (5)
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Francisco is becoming madder by the minute; he's convinced he'll be shot through the heart, so... (full context)
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...new men who died in the night. The Albanians begin to help the Greeks, and Francisco talks only to Mario. Men die of gangrene, and Carlo thinks that Greece should win... (full context)
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Francisco writes a letter to his mother and gives it to Carlo to deliver to her... (full context)
Chapter 19. L'Omosessuale (6)
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Carlo visits Francisco's mother in April. She asks if he died on a good day, and Carlo tells... (full context)
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Francisco's mother asks if he died quickly and painlessly. Carlo says he died of a bullet... (full context)
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Francisco's mother asks where he's buried. Carlo tells her he's on a beautiful mountain, but he... (full context)
Chapter 24. A Most Ungracious Surrender
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...the middle of May to join the Acqui Division. He's disillusioned, depressed, and still grieving Francisco, and is saved only by Corelli and the peaceful beauty of the island. Corelli is... (full context)
Chapter 30. The Good Nazi (1)
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...and Carlo makes jokes about ogling the women, though he's privately uncomfortable and still grieving Francisco. (full context)
Chapter 51. Paralysis
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...that the Italians will stop fighting the British and the Americans. He'd been thinking about Francisco and Albania, and he feels impossibly hopeful as the church bells start to ring in... (full context)
Chapter 54. Carlo's Farewell
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...hopes that Corelli doesn't think less of him for being gay. Carlo says that when Francisco died his life was meaningless, and he came to Cephalonia filled with grief. He tells... (full context)