Bertrand’s father, and Julia’s father-in-law. Edouard is formal and reserved. Julia reflects that she “could not imagine him showing any other emotion apart from anger, pride, and self-satisfaction.” While Edouard is very close with Zoë, he is stiff and impersonal toward Julia, giving her the feeling he is “holding something back.” As Julia ultimately learns from Edouard himself, Edouard was a young boy living in the rue de Saintonge apartment when Sarah Starzynski returned and uncovered her brother’s body. This event—and his father’s insistence that he never speak of it—traumatized Edouard. Over the course of the novel, Edouard becomes much more emotionally open and he and Julia bond over the effort of uncovering Sarah Starzynski’s story.
Edouard Character Timeline in Sarah’s Key
The timeline below shows where the character Edouard appears in Sarah’s Key. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...evening. A few minutes later, Julia gets another phone call, this time from her father-in-law, Edouard Tézac. Edouard has learned from Mamé, his mother, that Julia has been asking her questions... (full context)
...Today, though, she is visiting Mamé. When she arrives at the nursing home, she recognizes Edouard’s car in the parking lot. After visiting with Mamé, Edouard asks to speak to Julia... (full context)
...and a key—item that he recently discovered while visiting his father. Julia’s phone rings—it is Edouard, who tells her that Mamé has been asking for her. Julia asks William to come... (full context)
...family, along with Bertrand and Zoë, waiting in the living room. The family is split: Edouard, Zoë, and Cécile agree with Julia’s decision to research Sarah’s fate, but Colette and Laure... (full context)