The Baron in the Trees

The Baron in the Trees

by

Italo Calvino

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Frederico Alonso Sanchez Character Analysis

The leader of the Spanish nobles who live in the trees in Olivabassa, a city near Ombrosa. A large man with liver spots, Don Frederico is melancholy and somewhat hopeless about his situation. He has three daughters, one of whom, Ursula, becomes Cosimo’s first love. Don Frederico enjoys Cosimo, and much to Father Sulpicio’s chagrin, he invites Cosimo to come back to Granada with them to marry Ursula.

Frederico Alonso Sanchez Quotes in The Baron in the Trees

The The Baron in the Trees quotes below are all either spoken by Frederico Alonso Sanchez or refer to Frederico Alonso Sanchez. 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:
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Mariner edition of The Baron in the Trees published in 2017.
Chapter 18 Quotes

And there, with naive youthful fervor, he explained the ideas of the philosophers and the wrongs of sovereigns and how states could be governed according to reason and justice.

Related Symbols: Ombrosa’s Native Trees
Page Number: 1887
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Frederico Alonso Sanchez Character Timeline in The Baron in the Trees

The timeline below shows where the character Frederico Alonso Sanchez appears in The Baron in the Trees. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 17
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
...a tone of bitter understanding. Cosimo identifies the man who looks like he’s in charge, Frederico Alonso Sanchez , and introduces himself. Father Sulpicio, a lanky man in black robes, translates. Don Frederico... (full context)
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
...with questions about how the Spaniards live in the trees. He’s cagey about answering, but Don Frederico answers some of the questions. Father Sulpicio shows Cosimo around. Men sit in saddles, while... (full context)
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
...hope. One day, Cosimo notices a beautiful young woman. Her name is Ursula and she’s Don Frederico ’s daughter. Cosimo impresses her by picking an out-of-reach rose and then introducing her to... (full context)
Chapter 18
Virtue, Dignity, and Kindness Theme Icon
...pretends nothing happened and apologizes to Cosimo. Cosimo realizes that Father Sulpicio is likely making Don Frederico suspicious, as Don Frederico stops pretending he doesn’t know what’s going on between Cosimo and... (full context)
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
One day, Don Frederico summons Cosimo. With Father Sulpicio next to him, he asks Cosimo’s age—21—and much to everyone’s... (full context)