Sarah’s Key

Sarah’s Key

Madame Royer Character Analysis

The concierge who sells out Sarah’s family and then re-lets the flat to Mamé Tézac and family. Madame Royer is anti-Semitic, callous, and self-serving. She offers to help the French police locate Sarah’s brother, and also claims that she knows of other Jewish families living in the neighboring building. Madame Royer is the only civilian character in the novel who demonstrates a hatred of Jews and actively collaborates with the French government.
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Madame Royer Character Timeline in Sarah’s Key

The timeline below shows where the character Madame Royer appears in Sarah’s Key. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
Identity Theme Icon
...she exists the building, Sarah notices the gloating expression on the face of the concierge, Madame Royer . Madame Royer offers to help the police track down Michel and Wladyslaw, and even... (full context)
Chapter 22
The Power of Silence Theme Icon
...Mamé says she found out the apartment had been “suddenly vacated” from the building concierge, Madame Royer . Mamé says she was aware the apartment had become vacated due to a recent... (full context)
Chapter 39
Guilt Theme Icon
The Limits of Love Theme Icon
Sarah, Jules, and Geneviève arrive at Sarah’s old apartment. Madame Royer assumes the Dufaures must be looking to rent an apartment. Although the Starzynskis’ apartment has... (full context)