Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

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A blind German refugee traveling with Joana, Eva, the Poet, and others. Although she cannot see, Ingrid has preternatural extrasensory abilities, and is able to tell when it will snow, or when danger is approaching. She also uses these abilities to read people, and decide who is trustworthy and who is not. Because Ingrid was born blind, the Nazis see her as “undesirable.” As a result, she is at constant risk of being captured by patrolling Nazi forces and taken to a labor or a death camp. Her friends do their best to protect her, avoiding soldiers when possible, and pretending that she is not congenitally blind, but instead recovering from a treatable injury. Ingrid dies midway through the novel as the group crosses a frozen bay. She walks ahead to test the sturdiness of the ice, but falls through when Allied planes shoot through the ice, causing her to fall into the freezing water and drown.

Ingrid Quotes in Salt to the Sea

The Salt to the Sea quotes below are all either spoken by Ingrid or refer to Ingrid. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of Salt to the Sea published in 2016.
60. Florian Quotes

It could have been so easy. I could have walked across the ice myself, without the burden of the group. They could have tried to save the blind girl. Maybe they all would have drowned in the process. That would have been so much easier.
And so much harder.
Bitte.”
The word was s quiet, I wasn’t even sure I had heard it. I liked down at the Polish girl. She wore red lipstick. Her blonde hair was released from the captivity of her braids. She pulled her pink hat down over her eyes. “Bitte,” she whispered again. “Please.”

Related Characters: Florian Beck (speaker), Joana Vilkas, Emilia Stozek, Ingrid
Page Number: 141
Explanation and Analysis:
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Ingrid Character Timeline in Salt to the Sea

The timeline below shows where the character Ingrid appears in Salt to the Sea. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
1. Joana
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...through East Prussia to the Baltic Sea. Her traveling companions include the Poet, Eva, and Ingrid.  Evacuation orders have not technically been issued, and so the group would be branded deserters... (full context)
7. Joana
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Joana walks with a group of fifteen refugees. This group includes Ingrid, who is blind, and an old shoemaker whom she calls the Shoe Poet. (full context)
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Joana wonders if Ingrid is in fact lucky to be blind, since it saves her from seeing the atrocities... (full context)
19. Florian
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...and steals an unnamed object. He thinks to himself “it wasn’t stealing. It was protection.” Ingrid wakes up and looks at him, but because she is blind Florian assumes she does... (full context)
24. Joana
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Joana and Ingrid walk together. Ingrid can sense that it will soon snow. Although blind, Ingrid has an... (full context)
31. Joana
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As the group of refugees enters the estate, many of them feel relief. Ingrid, in contrast, has a bad feeling about the place. Everything inside the house has been... (full context)
40. Joana
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Joana and Ingrid discuss the journey ahead. Ingrid knows she will be stopped at a checkpoint, because Hitler... (full context)
51. Joana
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Ingrid asks Joana what the man at the checkpoint looks like. Joana tells her he is... (full context)
55. Joana
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Joana and her group are some of the first to cross the ice. Ingrid insists on going first, as she can sense the strength of the ice. Some of... (full context)
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Suddenly, Russian planes appear overhead. They fire bullets at the ice and Ingrid falls through. Joana, who has fallen to the ground, tries to crawl towards her but... (full context)
59. Joana
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...lashes out at Florian. She argues that, if not for him, she could have saved Ingrid. He argues that she would have died from the shock of the icy water, even... (full context)
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...by saying that Florian saved Joana, and also Emilia, who had begun to scramble towards Ingrid as well. Eva, meanwhile, was the only one who made no effort to save anyone. (full context)
65. Joana
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...cracks a joke. He then takes Joana’s hand for a brief moment and apologizes about Ingrid. (full context)
123. Florian
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...Erich Koch appointed her. She’s also angry that he’s putting her in danger. She remembers Ingrid and Eva saying he was a thief and a spy. She regrets ever trusting him.... (full context)