Especially in the beginning of the novel, Sophie Amundsen reads her letters from Alberto Knox in her “den”—a tiny, secure area in the hedge surrounding her family’s house. As the novel goes on, however, Sophie becomes more adventurous, traveling first around the house, then around the town, and finally out of the work of fiction itself to learn more about philosophy. In this way, the hedge is a safe, womb-like space from which Sophie must emerge as she gains more confidence, bravery, and curiosity.
The timeline below shows where the symbol The Hedge / Sophie’s Den 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 10: The Major’s Cabin
Chapter 16: The Renaissance
...a beret. In the dream, the girl drops a small gold crucifix. Sophie wakes up suddenly, realizing that she’s been dreaming. Underneath her pillow, she finds the gold crucifix.Sophie is bewildered... (full context)
Chapter 26: Romanticism