Klara and the Sun

by

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Manager is a human woman who runs a store in an unspecified American city that sells Artificial Friends (a type of robot), including Klara, Rosa, and Rex. Klara, Rosa, and Rex are all B2 AFs, but soon a new, more advanced line of AFs called B3s begin to fill the store. Manager is particularly interested in Klara because she realizes that Klara is one of the most observant AFs. After Klara is purchased by Josie and the Mother, Klara doesn’t see Manager for a long time, but she meets Manager again near the end of her lifespan. Manager is kind to her and congratulates her on being a good AF. Just as Klara is a parent figure to Josie, Manager is a parent figure to Klara.

Manager Quotes in Klara and the Sun

The Klara and the Sun quotes below are all either spoken by Manager or refer to Manager. 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
Explanation and Analysis:

“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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Part Six Quotes

When she was mid-distance, she stopped and turned, and I thought she might look back one last time at me. But she was gazing at the far distance, in the direction of the construction crane on the horizon. Then she continued to walk away.

Related Characters: Klara (speaker), Manager
Related Symbols: The Sun, The Cootings Machine
Page Number: 303
Explanation and Analysis:
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Manager Character Timeline in Klara and the Sun

The timeline below shows where the character Manager 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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Klara and the other AFs consider it a special honor when Manager (the human woman who manages the store) places them in the window of the store.... (full context)
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At the end of the day, Klara asks Manager about the sad children. Manager tells Klara that she is special to notice so much.... (full context)
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...inside the store. Coffee Cup Lady crosses the street and embraces a man (Raincoat Man). Manager says they look happy, but Klara says they also seem upset. (full context)
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Manager explains to Klara that maybe Coffee Cup Lady and Raincoat Man haven’t seen each other... (full context)
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...day or the day after. In the middle of Klara’s second week in the window, Manager moves her back to her previous place in the store, away from the window. Manager... (full context)
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Manager switches things around, and now, instead of always being next to Rosa, Klara is sometimes... (full context)
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...just looks into the distance at the ceramic coffee cups on the shelf. Klara knows Manager is watching them. (full context)
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Manager tells the girl that Klara is excellent but that there are even newer models called... (full context)
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One afternoon, Manager informs Klara that she’s going to have one more chance in the window, this time... (full context)
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Klara’s time in the window ends. Manager tells her she did well, but then, 10 days later, Klara is moved to a... (full context)
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...how this is the right store but the AF she’s looking for isn’t there anymore. Manager tells Josie about a B3 model that’s available. (full context)
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Josie says they must be too late to get the AF she really wanted. But Manager overhears her and says she’ll check the back. She brings Klara out and Josie is... (full context)
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The Mother is intrigued when Manager mentions that Klara is very observant. The Mother asks Klara questions about Josie to test... (full context)
Part Two
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Klara believes at first that Melania Housekeeper is like Manager, and that she will teach Klara what to do, but Melania Housekeeper just tells Klara... (full context)
Part Six
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One day, Klara is surprised to recognize Manager in the yard. Manager is glad to see Klara and says that she has been... (full context)
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Manager says she no longer looks after AFs, but she likes to come to the Yard... (full context)
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Manager asks about the family Klara went to. Klara says her home was the best home... (full context)
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Manager asks what “continuing” Josie means. Klara explains how Mr. Capaldi believed there was nothing special... (full context)
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Manager asks if Klara would like to be moved over to be near some B3s in... (full context)
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Before Manager goes, Klara says she must let Manager know that there was an incident in Josie’s... (full context)