Klara and the Sun

by

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Rosa Character Analysis

Rosa is a B2 Artificial Friend (a type of robot) from the same store as Klara and Rex. Rosa and Klara are often together, but Rosa doesn’t seem to be as observant as Klara, suggesting that Klara’s powers of observation are unusual. One day, Rosa is suddenly purchased, and Klara never sees her again, although Klara learns later from Manager that things didn’t end up working out for Rosa and her new family.

Rosa Quotes in Klara and the Sun

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

“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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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
Explanation and Analysis:
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Rosa Character Timeline in Klara and the Sun

The timeline below shows where the character Rosa 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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Rosa and Klara are both female Artificial Friends (AFs), and they’re on display in a store... (full context)
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...(and they become lethargic when out of the sunlight for extended periods of time). Eventually, Rosa and Klara get their chance to be in the window. Rosa hopes they’ll absorb so... (full context)
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...be in the window: she wants to see more of the outside world. She and Rosa watch as busy people pass on the street, some of them—particularly children—pausing to look through... (full context)
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A couple days pass, and it’s now Klara and Rosa’s fourth morning in the shop window. A pale, thin girl of 14-and-a-half named Josie stops... (full context)
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Later that afternoon, Rosa remarks to Klara how strange it is that, even though they can see the outside... (full context)
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Rosa continues to delight at all the children paired with AFs that she sees, but Klara... (full context)
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...punch each other, shouting the whole time, then get back into their cars and leave. Rosa, however, believes the drivers were just playing, that they enjoyed the experience and that the... (full context)
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...long time. She explains that sometimes people feel pain at the same time as happiness. Rosa doesn’t understand the conversation. (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... (full context)
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...place in the store, away from the window. Manager says nice things to Klara and Rosa, insisting that they did well in the window, but Klara can tell that a part... (full context)
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Manager switches things around, and now, instead of always being next to Rosa, Klara is sometimes next to Boy AF Rex or Girl AF Kiku. Klara can still... (full context)
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...new B3 models, three Boy AFs, are calibrated and take up positions in the store. Rosa and Klara are moved to a different side of the store to make space for... (full context)
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...boy and his mother come into the store. Klara only realizes later that they’ve bought Rosa, and soon Rosa is taken to the back room to be shipped away. (full context)
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In the days after Rosa leaves, Boy AF Rex also finds a home and more new B3 models come in.... (full context)
Part Six
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...other places, both to see former AFs and to collect little souvenirs. Klara asks about Rosa. Manager says she saw Rosa two years ago and learned that things didn’t work out... (full context)