Sarah’s Key

Sarah’s Key

Jules and Geneviève Dufaure Character Analysis

Sarah Starzynski’s adoptive parents. An elderly couple living south of Paris in Orléans, Jules and Geneviève harbor Sarah and Rachel after Jules discovers them hiding in his shed. When Sarah tells them she intends to return to Paris in search of her brother, Jules and Geneviève insist on accompanying her. Thus, they are both present when Sarah discovers Michel’s dead body. For the remainder of the war, Jules and Geneviève hide Sarah, and afterwards raise her as part of their family. They are both deeply grieved by Sarah’s decision to move to the States and cut off contact with her friends in France.

Jules and Geneviève Dufaure Quotes in Sarah’s Key

The Sarah’s Key quotes below are all either spoken by Jules and Geneviève Dufaure or refer to Jules and Geneviève 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 39 Quotes

Number 26 appeared in front of them. Nothing had changed in the street, she noticed. It was still the same calm, narrow road she had always known. How was it possible that entire lives could change, could be destroyed, and that streets and buildings remained the same, she wondered.

Page Number: 158
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Jules and Geneviève Dufaure Character Timeline in Sarah’s Key

The timeline below shows where the character Jules and Geneviève Dufaure appears in Sarah’s Key. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 29
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...in a large dog shed. They are awakened by a dog barking; an old man (Jules Dufaure) stands over them. He asks the girls if they are lost and invites them... (full context)
Chapter 31
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Jules and Geneviève feed Rachel and Sarah, and Geneviève helps the girls to bathe. Geneviève sees... (full context)
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...in a pleasant bedroom. As she makes her way downstairs to the kitchen, Sarah overhears Geneviève saying that she is worried about Rachel. Sarah enters the room and asks what has... (full context)
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Before Geneviève can respond, Rachel lets out a scream from upstairs. Geneviève tells Jules that she thinks... (full context)
Chapter 33
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Panicked, Jules and Geneviève try to move Rachel but ultimately leave her in her bed because she... (full context)
Chapter 35
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...sleeps poorly, unable to take her mind off Michel. The next morning Sarah announces to Jules and Geneviève that she is leaving for Paris to find her brother. Jules and Geneviève... (full context)
Chapter 37
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Jules, Geneviève, and Sarah are at the Orléans train station. Sarah is dressed in Nicolas Dufaure’s... (full context)
Chapter 39
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Sarah, Jules, and Geneviève arrive at Sarah’s old apartment. Madame Royer assumes the Dufaures must be looking... (full context)
Chapter 40
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...was done with Michel’s body but he recalls his father, André Tézac, weeping after Sarah, Jules, and Geneviève left. It was the first time Edouard had seen his father cry. André... (full context)
Chapter 42
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Inside the file, Julia finds twelve letters to André Tézac from Jules Dufaure, each containing updates on Sarah’s wellbeing. The file also contains monthly bank statements which... (full context)
Chapter 44
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...reads Sarah’s file. Earlier in the morning, Julia had contacted a Nathalie Dufaure, great-granddaughter of Jules and Geneviève, and she is hoping to hear back from her. Julia’s phone rings and... (full context)
Chapter 48
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...that Sarah’s parents died during the war and she had been adopted by their grandparents, Jules and Geneviève. It was years before they learned the truth about Sarah’s background. Julia asks... (full context)
Chapter 50
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...of love from him and his brother. He also gives Julia a letter, written by Geneviève to her son, Alain, Gaspard’s father. (full context)
Chapter 51
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...it with Edouard over the phone. The letter is dated September 1946 and in it Geneviève thanks Alain and his wife, Henriette, for hosting Sarah for the summer. Geneviève writes that... (full context)