A German spy who was sent to Cairo in 1942. According to Caravaggio, Eppler was led across the desert by a Hungarian desert explorer named Almásy with a secret code book hidden in a copy of Rebecca. Eppler was apprehended by British Intelligence, but his guide, Almásy, disappeared into the desert. The character of Eppler is based on Johannes Eppler, an actual German spy during World War II who was raised in Egypt by his Egyptian stepfather.
Eppler Character Timeline in The English Patient
The timeline below shows where the character Eppler appears in The English Patient. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter VI. A Buried Plane
Chapter IX. The Cave of Swimmers