Klara and the Sun

by

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Josie Character Analysis

At the beginning of the story, Josie is a 14-and-a-half-year-old girl who lives with her mom (the Mother) and their housekeeper (Melania Housekeeper) in a nice home in a rural area of the United States. She sees Klara in a store that sells Artificial Friends (robot companions) and convinces her mom that Klara is the one they should buy. Josie walks with a noticeable limp and suffers from a mysterious chronic illness that comes and goes, causing periods of intense exhaustion. It is later revealed that Josie’s illness is a result of her mom’s decision to have her “lifted”—a mysterious procedure that is a prerequisite for most colleges and that is intended to make children smarter. Josie’s best friend is her next-door neighbor, Rick, and they have a plan to spend the rest of their lives together. The problem with their plan, however, is that Rick hasn’t been lifted, and so there’s only one major college that will even consider his application. All of Josie’s future plans are almost derailed when she has a particularly acute attack of her illness and seems likely to die. Ultimately, however, Josie makes a seemingly miraculous recovery (which Klara credits to the intervention of the Sun) and ends up going away to college. In the time before she leaves, Josie becomes more independent and spends less time with both Klara and Rick. The last time Josie sees Klara is right before she goes to college, at which point Klara is put in the Yard, a place for Artificial Friends to spend the last parts of their lives. Josie’s story illustrates the transition from childhood to adulthood and how growing up can cause a person to change their values. She illustrates the advantages of a privileged life (since her family is richer than Rick’s) but also shows how no amount of privilege is enough to stop external forces like disease.

Josie Quotes in Klara and the Sun

The Klara and the Sun quotes below are all either spoken by Josie or refer to Josie. 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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Part One Quotes

When we were new, Rosa and I were mid-store, on the magazines table side, and could see through more than half of the window. So we were able to watch the outside—the office workers hurrying by, the taxis, the runners, the tourists, Beggar Man and his dog, the lower part of the RPO building.

Related Characters: Klara (speaker), Beggar Man, Rosa, Josie, Manager
Related Symbols: The Sun
Page Number: 1
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“Klara, you’re quite remarkable,” Manager said, keeping her voice soft so as not to disturb Rosa and the others. “You notice and absorb so much.” She shook her head as though in wonder. Then she said: “What you must understand is that we’re a very special store. There are many children out there who would love to be able to choose you, choose Rosa, any one of you here. But it’s not possible for them. You’re beyond their reach. That’s why they come to the window, to dream about having you. But then they get sad.”

Related Characters: Manager (speaker), Klara, Rosa, Josie
Page Number: 10
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“Well, Klara. Since you appear to know so much about it. Will you please reproduce for me Josie’s walk? Will you do that for me? Right now? My daughter’s walk?”

Related Characters: The Mother (speaker), Klara, Josie, Manager
Page Number: 44
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Part Two Quotes

The kitchen was especially difficult to navigate because so many of its elements would change their relationships to one another moment by moment. I now appreciated how in the store—surely out of consideration for us—Manager had carefully kept all the items, even smaller ones like the bracelets or the silver earrings box, in their correct places.

Related Characters: Klara (speaker), Manager, Rosa, Rex, Josie, The Mother, Melania Housekeeper
Page Number: 49
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She had by now both hands on Rick’s left shoulder, resting her weight there as if trying to make him less tall and the two of them the same height. But Rick seemed not to mind her nearness—in fact he seemed to think it normal—and the idea occurred to me that perhaps, in his own way, this boy was as important to Josie as was the Mother; and that his aims and mine might in some ways be almost parallel, and that I should observe him carefully to understand how he belonged within the strange pattern of Josie’s life.

Related Characters: Klara (speaker), Rick, Josie
Page Number: 62
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“I suppose they have a point though,” he said. “I don’t belong here. This is a meeting for lifted kids.”

Related Characters: Rick (speaker), Klara, Josie, The Mother
Page Number: 82
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“Okay, Josie. So tell me how you’ll get well.”

“There’s special help coming. Something no one’s thought of yet. Then I’ll be well again.”

Related Characters: The Mother (speaker), Klara (speaker), Josie
Page Number: 105
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Part Three Quotes

“These folks surrounding her. Am I to assume they’re aliens? It almost looks like instead of a head, they have, well, a giant eyeball. I’m sorry if I have this all wrong.”

Related Characters: Rick (speaker), Josie, Klara, The Mother, Mr. Capaldi
Page Number: 123
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“What I really wished to ask you, Klara. The real request, the deeper one. Would you ask Josie to try and persuade Rick? She’s the one person who might change his stance. He’s very stubborn, you see, and also—I suspect this—rather afraid. And who can blame him? He knows the world out there won’t be easy. But Josie’s the one capable of getting him to see this differently. Will you speak to her?”

Related Characters: Miss Helen (speaker), Klara, Rick, Josie, The Mother
Page Number: 151
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“Please make Josie better. Just as you did Beggar Man.”

Related Characters: Klara (speaker), Josie, Rick, Beggar Man, Mr. McBain
Related Symbols: The Cootings Machine, The Sun
Page Number: 163
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“Don’t want to die, Mom. I don’t want that.”

“It’s okay. Okay.” The Mother’s voice was soft, at just the same level mine had been.

“I don’t want that, Mom.”

“I know. I know. It’s okay.”

Related Characters: Josie (speaker), The Mother (speaker), Klara
Page Number: 177
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Part Four Quotes

He clearly wished to greet Josie with an embrace, and looked around for somewhere to put down the paper bag, but Josie stepped forward and put her arms around him, paper bag and all. As he received her embrace, his gaze wandered around the room and fell on me. Then he looked away and closed his eyes, letting his cheek rest against the top of her head. They stayed like that for a time, keeping very still, not even rocking slowly the way the Mother and Josie did sometimes during their morning farewells.

Related Characters: Klara (speaker), The Father, Josie, The Mother
Page Number: 185
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I turned the corner of the L and saw Josie there, suspended in the air. She wasn’t very high—her feet were at the height of my shoulders—but because she was leaning forward, arms outstretched, fingers spread, she seemed to be frozen in the act of falling. Little beams illuminated her from various angles, forbidding her any refuge. Her face was very like that of the real Josie, but because there was at the eyes no kind smile, the upward curve of her lips gave her an expression I’d never seen before. The face looked disappointed and afraid.

Related Characters: Klara (speaker), Josie, Mr. Capaldi, The Father, The Mother
Page Number: 201
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“You know, Klara. I don’t even know what this is about. But I want what’s best for Josie. Exactly the same as you. So I’m willing to grasp at any chance that comes our way.”

I turned to him with a smile and nodded. “Yes,” I said. “Then let’s try.”

Related Characters: The Father (speaker), Klara (speaker), Josie
Related Symbols: The Cootings Machine, The Sun
Page Number: 224
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Part Five Quotes

“You must tell me if the love between Rick and Josie is genuine, if it’s a true and lasting one. I must know this. Because if the answer is yes, then I’ll have something to bargain with, regardless of what occurred in the city. So please think carefully Rick, and tell me the truth.”

“I don’t need to think. Josie and I grew up together and we’re part of each other. And we’ve got our plan. So of course our love’s genuine and forever. And it won’t make any difference to us who’s been lifted and who hasn’t. That’s your answer, Klara, and there won’t be any other.”

Related Characters: Klara (speaker), Rick (speaker), Josie
Page Number: 266
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But I’m remembering how delighted you were on that day Coffee Cup Lady and Raincoat Man found each other again. You were so delighted and couldn’t help showing it. So I know just how much it matters to you that people who love one another are brought together, even after many years.

Related Characters: Klara (speaker), Josie, Rick, Beggar Man, Coffee Cup Lady and Raincoat Man
Related Symbols: The Sun
Page Number: 271
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“And there was more. On this question of being lifted. She wants you to know she wouldn’t wish it any other way. If she had the power to do it again, and this time it was up to her, she says she’d do exactly what you did and you’ll always be the best mother she could have.”

Related Characters: Rick (speaker), The Mother, Josie, Klara, Miss Helen, Vance
Page Number: 277
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The Sun was illuminating her, and the entire bed, in a ferocious half-disc of orange, and the Mother, standing closest to the bed, was having to raise her hands to her face.

Related Characters: Klara (speaker), Josie, The Mother, Melania Housekeeper, Rick
Page Number: 279
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Part Six Quotes

“But now we’re no longer kids, we have to wish each other the best and go our different ways. It couldn’t have worked out, me going to college, trying to compete with all those lifted kids. I’ve got my own plans now, and that’s how it should be. But that was no lie, Klara. And in a funny way, it still isn’t a lie now.”

Related Characters: Rick (speaker), Klara, Josie
Related Symbols: The Sun
Page Number: 288
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“Klara deserves better. She deserves her slow fade.”

Related Characters: The Mother (speaker), Klara, Mr. Capaldi, Josie
Page Number: 294
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Josie Character Timeline in Klara and the Sun

The timeline below shows where the character Josie appears in Klara and the Sun. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part One
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...and Rosa’s fourth morning in the shop window. A pale, thin girl of 14-and-a-half named Josie stops at the window and talks to Klara through the glass. Josie tells Klara that... (full context)
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Josie asks Klara questions about what it’s like in the shop and then says that Klara... (full context)
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...she remembers Coffee Cup Lady and an event that happened two days after Klara met Josie. In this memory, Coffee Cup Lady is in her mid-60s and wears a thick wool... (full context)
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At the start of Klara and Rosa’s second week in the window, Josie comes back with her mom (the Mother). Josie apologizes for being gone so long. The... (full context)
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Josie asks if Klara really wants to come home with her, and Klara nods. Josie warns... (full context)
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But Josie doesn’t come the next day or the day after. In the middle of Klara’s second... (full context)
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...position in the back, but she can still hear things, and one day she hears Josie coming back with the Mother. Klara hears Josie tell the Mother about how this is... (full context)
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Josie says they must be too late to get the AF she really wanted. But Manager... (full context)
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...intrigued when Manager mentions that Klara is very observant. The Mother asks Klara questions about Josie to test Klara’s powers of observation, all of which Klara answers correctly. Josie has a... (full context)
Part Two
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Some time has passed, and Klara has left the store and is now Josie’s AF. Klara finds the house difficult to navigate, particularly the kitchen, since objects keep moving... (full context)
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Some mornings, the Mother doesn’t have to hurry with coffee. One day, she talks with Josie about the pictures she draws in pencil. The Mother encourages Josie to use color pencils,... (full context)
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 In Josie’s bedroom, there is a window that looks out at three adjoining fields. From there, Klara... (full context)
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One object out the window that particularly interests Klara is a dark box, which Josie explains is Mr. McBain’s barn. For Klara, this barn appears to be where the Sun... (full context)
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Josie explains to Klara that she went to the barn one time, with her best friend... (full context)
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The next week, Klara meets Rick and sees the outside of Josie’s house for the first time. Before that, Josie has to finish a lesson with her... (full context)
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Outside, Melania Housekeeper takes Josie’s arm to help her walk, but eventually Josie persuades her to let go so that... (full context)
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When Klara and Josie get to Rick, he is busy flying mechanical drones that look like birds with a... (full context)
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Melania Housekeeper calls for Josie to come back. Before leaving, Josie makes Rick promise to come to a meeting at... (full context)
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That evening at dinner, Josie and the Mother discuss Josie’s upcoming “interaction meeting.” Even though Josie gets good grades, she... (full context)
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Josie asks if Rick can come, and the Mother agrees after some hesitation. Josie asks if... (full context)
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On the morning of the interaction meeting, Josie is anxious. She goes into a room filled with the parents of the other children,... (full context)
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...“missed out,” but they nevertheless agree that Rick seems bright and that it’s good for Josie to learn how to get along with all kinds of people. One parent asks if... (full context)
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The parents talk about Josie’s health, and the Mother says she has good days and bad days. The Mother soon... (full context)
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The Mother tells Klara that she should go in to be with Josie and the children, so Klara goes. Rick is standing alone, and some girls talk about... (full context)
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...and it is required for most colleges. Rick talks about how he plans to save Josie from becoming like the other children. He talks about how he and Josie made a... (full context)
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Klara feels that Josie acted different during her interaction meeting with the other children and was more distant toward... (full context)
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Three weeks after the interaction meeting, Klara notices a change in Josie’s health. The Mother tells her she must get well so that they can go on... (full context)
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Josie shows Klara old pictures of her family at Morgan’s Falls. In one photo, Josie has... (full context)
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The Mother warns Klara in advance of the Morgan’s Falls trip that Josie sometimes gets overexcited, and so Klara will have to watch out for her. The Sunday... (full context)
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In the car, the Mother suddenly accuses Josie of hiding how sick and weary she feels. She wants to call off the trip,... (full context)
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The Mother drives in silence with Klara for a while before talking about Josie. The Mother wishes to be more like Klara and not have feelings, but Klara believes... (full context)
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...to Morgan’s Falls. They make it to the falls themselves. The Mother wonders if maybe Josie could have made the trip after all. The Mother talks about how the whole family... (full context)
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The Mother asks Klara if she’s still able to mimic Josie’s walk. She doesn’t ask Klara to do the walk, but she does ask Klara to... (full context)
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...Mother says she enjoyed the trip, and suggests perhaps they can do it again, if Josie is too sick to come. The Mother asks if the “special help” Klara mentioned (to... (full context)
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When the Mother and Klara get back, Josie is drawing intensely. Klara thinks that Josie seems mad at her and wants to be... (full context)
Part Three
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Even the morning after the Morgan’s Falls trip, Josie is cold toward Klara. Klara is surprised that the Mother also seems distant, since it... (full context)
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Josie becomes weaker, and now instead of going down to the kitchen for breakfast, the Mother... (full context)
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A doctor visits Josie often, as does Rick. Josie stops taking remote school lessons. Melania Housekeeper makes Klara chaperone... (full context)
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Josie and Rick discuss a man who is painting Josie’s portrait in the city. Rick finds... (full context)
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...what to write about a tribe of eyeball aliens looking at a female figure. Ultimately, Josie is disappointed by what Rick writes. (full context)
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...sees one of the bubble game comics on the ground while tidying up one day. Josie asks her what she thinks of it. Klara believes that Rick interpreted two of the... (full context)
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On another afternoon, Josie and Rick play the bubble game again. Rick is taking a while on a bubble,... (full context)
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One morning later, Klara finds Josie drawing and writing intensely. She asks Klara to put the paper in an envelope in... (full context)
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...takes the letter to Rick’s house. She notices Rick’s house is not as nice as Josie’s. Rick is excited about the envelope and invites Klara inside. Rick apologizes for the smell... (full context)
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Rick opens the envelope and finds that it contains a drawing that says “Rick and Josie forever” on it. A happy stick-figure boy and girl are surrounded by pointy looking objects.... (full context)
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...the window and saw the Mother (whom she calls Chrissie) with a child who wasn’t Josie. Rick suggests maybe his mother wasn’t in the best condition that day, but Miss Helen... (full context)
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...should leave, but Miss Helen says first they need to discuss Rick’s education. She notices Josie’s drawing, but Rick takes it and puts it away before she can see. Miss Helen... (full context)
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...has a “secret weapon,” the only one who can really affect how Rick thinks is Josie. (full context)
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...her own loneliness. Then Rick comes back, and Klara says she must get back to Josie. Rick asks Klara to tell Josie that he really likes the picture and that perhaps... (full context)
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...believes the Sun doesn’t need to hear her aloud) and asks the Sun to make Josie better, just like the Sun did for Beggar Man. She apologizes to the Sun if... (full context)
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The next day, Rick comes to visit Josie again. They tease each other and reconcile. Rick suggests that maybe Klara should give them... (full context)
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...to the city with them, so it’s Klara’s duty to keep a close eye on Josie. Melania calls Mr. Capaldi a creep and suggests he might not really be a portrait... (full context)
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One night, still before the trip, Klara hears Josie crying out in the middle of the night. Josie says she isn’t in pain but... (full context)
Part Four
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Josie, Klara, and the Mother go to Mr. Capaldi’s studio. The Mother is tense because the... (full context)
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At last, the Father arrives. He gives Josie a present: a small mirror that shows her face how it actually looks, not in... (full context)
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...which is still spewing pollution. As it turns out, the store has moved somewhere else. Josie promises they can find the store’s new location tomorrow. Before going in to meet Mr.... (full context)
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Klara, Josie, the Mother, and the Father enter Mr. Capaldi’s house. The Mother asks to see the... (full context)
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...was and finds the mood is even more tense. The Father is trying to make Josie leave immediately. Mr. Capaldi says to just let them go, so they leave without Klara.... (full context)
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...than a “bereavement doll.” What he’s working on currently is something that actually will be Josie, a true continuation of her. The Mother doubts whether she’ll ever be able to believe... (full context)
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Klara interrupts to suggest that they might not even need the new Josie. But she also says that she understands why she’s been asked to observe Josie so... (full context)
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...purpose of the day’s appointment has more to do with Klara than it did with Josie. Mr. Capaldi explains that he’s not asking Klara to train a new Josie but in... (full context)
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The Mother drives Klara to outside the burger place where Josie and the Father are, but the Mother decides that Josie and the Father could use... (full context)
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Klara asks what will happen to her current body if she becomes Josie. The Mother says that shouldn’t matter. What’s more, if she becomes Josie, Klara will get... (full context)
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The Mother goes into the hamburger restaurant, then the Father comes out without Josie. The Father tells Klara that the Mother recommended they drive around. The Father admits that... (full context)
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...one. Klara thinks it would be difficult, but if it’s the best way to save Josie, Klara is willing to attempt it. (full context)
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...confused, but Klara says she can’t explain more, just that she believes it will help Josie. (full context)
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...Klara. Part of him is afraid that Capaldi is actually correct—that there’s nothing special about Josie and that she can be perfectly copied. Klara says she understands, and that this just... (full context)
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...she wants to do it. They sabotage the Cootings Machine and then meet the Mother, Josie, Rick, and Miss Helen at a sushi café. Everyone seems happy, although Josie is quiet. (full context)
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The Father, Josie, Klara, Miss Helen, and Ricky all leave the sushi café. The Sun is nearly setting,... (full context)
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When they have a moment, Rick asks Klara what’s going on with Josie, whose behavior seems strange. Klara says she doesn’t know but reassures Rick that he has... (full context)
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Josie tells Klara that they met a server at the restaurant who remembers her old store,... (full context)
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Just then, the Father comes up to the Mother and asks if she told Josie everything. The Mother admits that she told Josie that the portrait wasn’t a painting. She... (full context)
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...be taking up one of the seats. The woman eventually goes away, and Klara overhears Josie asking the Mother to make sure that Klara will get sole use of her room.... (full context)
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...taking Klara because the Mother has to go back and have a private conversation with Josie. Josie whispers in Klara’s ear to reassure her that it’s OK to go. As she... (full context)
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The Mother comes back and finds the group’s booth. The Mother has left Josie alone at the apartment where they’re staying, and so she’s anxious to get back. She... (full context)
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Josie stirs when Klara comes into her room. She is half asleep but starts to wake... (full context)
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The Mother, Josie, Klara, Rick, and Miss Helen all drive back from the city. Miss Helen says she’s... (full context)
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...says there are probably other options for Rick if Atlas Brookings doesn’t work out, but Josie asks if she’ll be allowed to follow Rick there. The Mother says young people can... (full context)
Part Five
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Josie starts becoming weaker 11 days after returning from the city. She has periods of strange... (full context)
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...to really think and tell the truth about something: is the love between Rick and Josie genuine? Rick says he doesn’t have to think—the answer is yes. Klara is happy. They... (full context)
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...some of her fluid and would willingly give more, even all of it, to help Josie. (full context)
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...She believes the Sun is happy when people love each other, and she says that Josie and Rick could be just as happy as Coffee Cup Lady and Rain Coat Man. (full context)
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In the following days, the Mother and Josie’s doctor argue about whether Josie should go to a hospital. The adults all take turns... (full context)
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Although Josie usually isn’t well enough to talk, Rick says that he spoke to her recently. He... (full context)
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...the Sun is coming out. Rick and the Mother are worried, but they find that Josie is sleeping as normal. (full context)
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In Josie’s room, Melania Housekeeper wants to close the blinds to let Josie sleep, but Klara insists... (full context)
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Josie wakes up and asks what’s going on. She asks if a blind is stuck and... (full context)
Part Six
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Klara believes the Sun helped Josie just as it helped Beggar Man. Seasons and years go by. Josie does well with... (full context)
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Josie begins to go away on trips with other young adults, which are considered an important... (full context)
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...car. Rick says that, thinking back, he remembers the morning when the Sun came into Josie’s room and how it seemed like that was the moment she started feeling better. At... (full context)
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Klara does mention, however, that she’s worried. She told the Sun that Josie and Rick’s love was real and forever, but it seems that they’re preparing for different... (full context)
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...by a community in California. He then asks if Klara will be all right after Josie goes to college. She says the Mother is always kind to her. Rick says he... (full context)
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More young adults come to visit Josie, now in their own cars (or hired cars) without parents. When they come, Klara gets... (full context)
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Like Josie, the Mother also has less to do with Klara. One day, she is surprised to... (full context)
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...says she might be willing to help, as long as it won’t cause problems for Josie or the Mother. He wants to take Klara apart so that people can see her... (full context)
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The days before Josie leaves for college are hectic, particularly because the new housekeeper is less orderly than Melania... (full context)
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Josie had hoped Rick would be there to say goodbye, but Rick is miles away with... (full context)
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...about the family Klara went to. Klara says her home was the best home and Josie was the best teenager. She says she would’ve “continued” Josie if necessary but that things... (full context)
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Manager asks what “continuing” Josie means. Klara explains how Mr. Capaldi believed there was nothing special inside Josie and that... (full context)
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...Manager goes, Klara says she must let Manager know that there was an incident in Josie’s home where the Sun showed particular kindness. Manager says she’s sure the Sun was always... (full context)