Sophie’s World

Hilde’s mother is a confusing character. She only interacts with Hilde a few times in the text—for the most part, Hilde is too busy reading Sophie’s World to spend time with her mother. Since we know that Sophie’s World is a story written by Albert Knag, Hilde’s father (featuring thinly-veiled versions of Hilde, Hilde’s mother, and Albert himself) it’s unclear what conclusion we’re meant to draw when Sophie accuses her Mom of adultery—is this supposed to reflect Hilde’s insecurity, Albert’s suspicions, or both? While this mystery isn’t resolved, it’s fair to say that Hilde is far closer to her father than her mother, but the reason why is never satisfactorily explained.
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Hilde’s mother Character Timeline in Sophie’s World

The timeline below shows where the character Hilde’s mother appears in Sophie’s World. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 26: Romanticism
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Hilde sits in her room, readingSophie’s World. Her mother asks her to lend a hand with the family motorboat, but Hilde says that she’s... (full context)
Chapter 28: Kierkegaard
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Hilde goes downstairs, where she finds her mother. Hilde’smother asks her for help repairing the family boat. Hilde again refuses to give her... (full context)
Chapter 31: Freud
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Hilde looks up from her book—her mother has just called for her to come to breakfast.Instead of going to breakfast, Hilde runs... (full context)