Sophie’s Dad is a mysterious, elusive character who never appears in the novel. We’re told that he is the captain of an oil tanker, and is often at sea. In the second half of the novel, we come to realize that Sophie’s Dad is a stand-in for Hilde Møller Knag’s own father, Albert Knag—for this reason, we don’t learn much more about Sophie’s Dad; instead, the emphasis shifts to Albert.
The timeline below shows where the character Dad / Sophie’s Father appears in Sophie’s World. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The Garden of Eden
Chapter 3: The Myths
Chapter 17: The Baroque
Chapter 33: The Garden Party
...stands up and makes a speech. She congratulates Sophie on her birthday, and mentions that Sophie’s father is frequently far away, often in other countries. The guests applaud, and Jeremy and Joanna... (full context)