Sarah’s Key

Sarah’s Key

Gaspard and Nicolas Dufaure Character Analysis

Jules and Geneviève’s grandsons, and Sarah Starzynski’s adoptive brothers. Julia conducts an interview with Gaspard, in which she learns of Sarah’s marriage to Richard Rainsferd and in which Gaspard pushes her to articulate why Sarah’s story is so important to her. By the end of the novel, Julia also meets Nicolas when she invites the Dufaure brothers to meet her father-in-law, Edouard, a man who is also part of Sarah’s story. Gaspard and Nicolas remember Sarah as a quiet and serious girl. Growing up, all Gaspard and Nicolas knew about Sarah was that she had been adopted by Jules and Geneviève. Only after the death of their grandparents did the Dufaure brothers learn that Sarah was Jewish and her given name was Starzynski.

Gaspard and Nicolas Dufaure Quotes in Sarah’s Key

The Sarah’s Key quotes below are all either spoken by Gaspard and Nicolas Dufaure or refer to Gaspard and Nicolas Dufaure . 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 St. Martin’s Press edition of Sarah’s Key published in 2008.
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.

Page Number: 188
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Gaspard and Nicolas Dufaure Character Timeline in Sarah’s Key

The timeline below shows where the character Gaspard and Nicolas Dufaure appears in Sarah’s Key. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 37
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Jules, Geneviève, and Sarah are at the Orléans train station. Sarah is dressed in Nicolas Dufaure’s clothes and posing as Jules and Geneviève’s granddaughter. Sarah realizes that eventually one of... (full context)
Chapter 45
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...asking if Julia would like to accompany her on a visit to see her grandfather, Gaspard Dufaure, the following day. When the nurse arrives in Julia’s room, Julia declares that she... (full context)
Chapter 47
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When she gets home from her meeting with Nathalie and Gaspard in Orléans, Julia lies down, exhausted. She receives a phone call from Charla. When she... (full context)
Chapter 48
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The narration jumps backward in chronological order, to describe Julia’s conversation with Gaspard. Gaspard and Nicolas grew up as Sarah’s brothers, having been told that Sarah’s parents died... (full context)
Chapter 49
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...left France for the States in 1952. She then privately reflects on her conversation with Gaspard. She told him how Sarah’s story is linked to her in-laws, and that she wants... (full context)
Chapter 50
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The narration returns to Julia’s meeting with Gaspard. Gaspard says that the last time his grandparents heard from Sarah was in 1955, when... (full context)
Chapter 51
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At home, Julia reads the letter given to her by Gaspard. She shares it with Edouard over the phone. The letter is dated September 1946 and... (full context)
Chapter 67
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...Julia gets her doctor’s approval to host a dinner party, to which she invites Edouard, Gaspard, Nicolas, and Nathalie Dufaure. The dinner is a “moving, magical moment” as Julia observes the... (full context)