Klara and the Sun

by

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Mr. Capaldi is a man who lives in the big city and has been hired by the Mother to make a “portrait” of Josie. In fact, however, the portrait is a lifelike Artificial Friend, and the plan is that Klara will learn how to be Josie, so that if Josie ever dies, Klara can inhabit the artificial Josie’s body. Many characters, including the Father and Melania Housekeeper, distrust Mr. Capaldi and even suspect him of being a pervert. In the end, Mr. Capaldi does not seem to be a pervert, but in his quest to be at the forefront of Artificial Friend technology he arguably disregards many of the important ethical questions that arise when trying to create an artificial duplicate of a living human.

Mr. Capaldi Quotes in Klara and the Sun

The Klara and the Sun quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Capaldi or refer to Mr. Capaldi. 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 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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Part Four Quotes

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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Part Six Quotes

“Klara deserves better. She deserves her slow fade.”

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

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Part Three
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...the city. They are all going so that Josie can have her portrait done by Mr. Capaldi . Mr. Capaldi is also interested in meeting AFs. Rick and Miss Helen will also... (full context)
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...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 painter. Klara agrees, and... (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 Father is coming to see Josie. The... (full context)
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...insists they all have to hurry along, or they’ll be late for the appointment with Mr. Capaldi . (full context)
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...Josie promises they can find the store’s new location tomorrow. Before going in to meet Mr. Capaldi , the Mother reminds Klara that he will have a couple questions for her. (full context)
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Klara, Josie, the Mother, and the Father enter Mr. Capaldi ’s house. The Mother asks to see the portrait, and Mr. Capaldi agrees, but when... (full context)
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Mr. Capaldi says he has a questionnaire for Klara to answer. He leads Klara to a separate... (full context)
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...but moves to questions that require longer answers. As she’s doing the assignment, she notices Mr. Capaldi leading the Father somewhere on the opposite balcony. The Father looks suddenly ill. They go... (full context)
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Klara overhears the Father, the Mother, and Mr. Capaldi arguing, with the Father taking issue with Mr. Capaldi’s ethics. Klara gets up and goes... (full context)
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...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. With them gone, the... (full context)
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Mr. Capaldi invites Klara down. He asks if he is doing a good job. Klara says yes,... (full context)
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Klara explains that for a while, she suspected that Mr. Capaldi ’s “portrait” was not a painting but in fact an AF. She confirms that it... (full context)
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Mr. Capaldi suggests that what they did in the past with Sal was much less advanced, no... (full context)
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Mr. Capaldi and the Mother confess that the real purpose of the day’s appointment has more to... (full context)
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...and the Father could use some time together. The Mother says that, ultimately, it’s not Mr. Capaldi asking Klara to be Josie but the Mother herself. She blames herself for Josie’s illness—she... (full context)
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...mentions that even though he wasn’t able to explain to the Mother why he hates Mr. Capaldi , he’d like to try to explain to Klara. Part of him is afraid that... (full context)
Part Six
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...with Klara. One day, she is surprised to walk in on the Mother talking with Mr. Capaldi . Mr. Capaldi says he has some things he wants to say to Klara. (full context)
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Mr. Capaldi says that lots of people are afraid of AFs at the moment because they believe... (full context)
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The Mother interrupts to say this isn’t what she and Mr. Capaldi discussed on the phone. She says she believes Klara deserves her “slow fade.” She refuses... (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 an AF like Klara could have... (full context)