Klara and the Sun

by

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Vance is an old lover of Miss Helen’s who ends up holding an influential position at the college Atlas Brookings—the only school that considers accepting students (like Rick) who haven’t been “lifted.” Though Vance is impressed with Rick’s drawings of drones and seems to genuinely admire Rick, he is still hung up on the past and mostly uses their meeting as a chance to go over old grievances with Miss Helen and try to humiliate her. Vance is not Rick’s literal father (because he and Miss Helen had previously been out of contact for 27 years), but he embodies both the positive and the negative aspects of a father figure for Rick.

Vance Quotes in Klara and the Sun

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

“Now Rick. You said just now you’re not seeking favoritism. Then let me ask you this. If that is really the case, then why am I sitting in front of you now?

Related Characters: Vance (speaker), Rick, Miss Helen, Klara
Page Number: 246
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Part Five Quotes

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

The timeline below shows where the character Vance appears in Klara and the Sun. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part Four
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Miss Helen gives Rick advice about what to do when he meets Vance, her old flame with connections to Atlas Brookings, the college that accepts some unlifted students.... (full context)
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Miss Helen suggests that the Father and Vance might get along because they both have fascistic leanings. The Father tries to explain that... (full context)
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...spot the Mother on the phone nearby. They are all waiting outside a theater for Vance to come meet Rick. Klara overhears the Father hanging back, still complaining about being called... (full context)
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The Mother and Miss Helen talk while they wait for Vance to come out for Rick, which is taking a while. The Mother asks if Miss... (full context)
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Finally, Vance comes out. He and Rick greet each other politely. Meanwhile, a woman outside the theater... (full context)
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Rick, Miss Helen, and Vance all get a booth at a restaurant, and Klara sits at a booth across the... (full context)
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Rick shows Vance his notebook of drone schematics, some of which he has already created but many of... (full context)
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Vance says Rick has done well, but that because there are so many unlifted applicants to... (full context)
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Vance says this is a problem, both because Miss Helen has openly acknowledged the favoritism and... (full context)
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Vance says Miss Helen used to be like a queen, and that he’s both sad and... (full context)
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...interrupts to say that maybe they should leave and that maybe he doesn’t actually want Vance’s help. Miss Helen says Rick doesn’t know what he’s saying. Vance agrees maybe it’s best... (full context)
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...sit with him and Miss Helen. Miss Helen wonders if that was enough to satisfy Vance. Rick says he’d never have come if he’d known that’s how things would go. Klara... (full context)
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...all drive back from the city. Miss Helen says she’s more hopeful than before that Vance will help and speculates more about his motivations. The Mother suggests to Helen that she... (full context)
Part Five
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Thinking back to the conversation between Vance and Rick, Klara tells the Sun that she knows favoritism isn’t a good thing. Still,... (full context)