Julia’s younger sister, an attorney. Julia is very close to Charla, who is one of the few people Julia tells about her pregnancy in its early stages. Charla lives in New York City. She is married to a man named Barry and divorced from her first husband, Ben, with whom she has two children, Cooper and Alex. It is Charla who tracks down Sarah Starzynski’s husband, Richard Rainsferd, in Connecticut. Charla is a commanding, vibrant presence, which is demonstrated by the bright colors in which she has painted her house. (These stand in stark contrast to the neutral colors Julia prefers.) Charla is very disapproving of Bertrand, finding him arrogant, and she also cautions Julia about the dangers of discussing Sarah Starzynski’s past with her son, William, saying, “Maybe he doesn’t want to be reminded.”
Charla Quotes in Sarah’s Key
The Sarah’s Key quotes below are all either spoken by Charla or refer to Charla . 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:).
Chapter 47 Quotes
After my conversation with my sister, I lay on the sofa for a long time, my hand folded over my stomach like a protective shield. Little by little, I felt vitality pumping back into me.
As ever, I thought of Sarah Starzynski, and of what I now knew. I had not needed to tape Gaspard Dufaure. Nor jot anything down. It was all written inside me.
Related Characters: Julia Jarmond (speaker), Sarah “Sirka” Starzynski , Charla , Gaspard and Nicolas Dufaure
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Charla Character Timeline in Sarah’s Key
The timeline below shows where the character Charla appears in Sarah’s Key. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...life story. She grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, with a mother, father, and younger sister, Charla. Even as a girl she was captivated by Paris, drawn to the city’s “paradoxes, its... (full context)
...with compassion and support. On the drive to Beaune-la-Rolande, Julia thinks about calling her sister, Charla, to tell her about her pregnancy. (full context)
...police. As she contemplates the monument, Julia hears her cell phone ring. It’s her sister, Charla, who says, “I had a feeling I should call you.” (full context)
Julia recalls her phone call with her sister, in which Charla suggested Bertrand might be going through a midlife crisis. After speaking to Charla, Julia then... (full context)
...day as the Vel’ d’Hiv’ commemoration. Zoë has left for the States to stay with Charla for the summer, and Julia will join her later. Without her daughter, Julia feels lonely.... (full context)
...Nathalie and Gaspard in Orléans, Julia lies down, exhausted. She receives a phone call from Charla. When she learns that Julia has not had the abortion, Charla says she is “so... (full context)
...writes that she will be married to a man named Richard Rainsferd. Julia immediately calls Charla and asks her if she can help track someone for her. Before she can give... (full context)
Julia is thrilled to be reunited with Charla. In her sister’s New York City apartment, Julia explains Sarah’s story in full. As soon... (full context)
...are expecting her to come visit them in Massachusetts. She starts by explaining everything to Charla, expecting her support. Charla, however, is hesitant, reminding Julia that she is pregnant and probably... (full context)
...moving, Julia insisted the move would not be permanent. Initially, Julia and Zoë stayed with Charla, but then moved into their own apartment. Julia now works from home for a French... (full context)
...in January of 2005 causes Julia to wonder even more acutely about William. Along with Charla and Zoë, Julia watches the commemoration ceremony on TV, marveling at the candles “glowing through... (full context)