Flowering Judas


Katherine Anne Porter

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The Roumanian and Polish Agitators Character Analysis

The Roumanian (as spelled in the story) and Polish agitators are two largely interchangeable protest organizers who scheme against each other but are firmly in Braggioni’s power. Both flirt with Laura, with the Pole “hoping to exploit what he believes is her secret sentimental preference for him” and the Roumanian lying to her “with an air of ingenuous candor, as if he were her good friend and confidant.” Both serve to illustrate the decline of revolutionary politics into divisive and petty squabbles.

The Roumanian and Polish Agitators Quotes in Flowering Judas

The Flowering Judas quotes below are all either spoken by The Roumanian and Polish Agitators or refer to The Roumanian and Polish Agitators. 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 Harcourt edition of Flowering Judas published in 1979.
Flowering Judas Quotes

“Let them sweat a little. The next time they may be careful. It is very restful to have them out of the way for a while.”

Related Characters: Braggioni (speaker), Laura, The Roumanian and Polish Agitators
Page Number: 94
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Roumanian and Polish Agitators Character Timeline in Flowering Judas

The timeline below shows where the character The Roumanian and Polish Agitators appears in Flowering Judas. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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The Polish and Roumanian agitators attempt to feed each other misinformation through Laura, though Braggioni is content to have both... (full context)