The Golden Age

by

Joan London

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Julia Marai Character Analysis

Ida’s piano teacher in Hungary, who hides Frank during the last months of the Holocaust in Budapest. Although she’s enigmatic and not particularly affectionate, Julia’s willingness to shelter a Jewish child during an extremely dangerous time reveals her selflessness and quiet bravery. For Ida, the strict and disciplined piano teacher is the source of the fierce tenacity that enables her not only to become a great pianist, but also to survive the war and protect her son.

Julia Marai Quotes in The Golden Age

The The Golden Age quotes below are all either spoken by Julia Marai or refer to Julia Marai. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Europa edition of The Golden Age published in 2014.
7. The Trains Quotes

Talent was not enough, Julia used to say, you must find the grip, the hunger, the small, determined child inside you. You must have a certain ruthlessness to win, as if by right. In the hierarchy of talent, you are a born aristocrat […]

Related Characters: Ida Gold (speaker), Frank Gold, Julia Marai
Page Number: 53
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Julia Marai Character Timeline in The Golden Age

The timeline below shows where the character Julia Marai appears in The Golden Age. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
7. The Trains
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Ida is taking Frank to her piano teacher, Julia Marai, and has dressed him as a girl so soldiers won’t check to see if... (full context)
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Julia lives with her companion, Hedwiga, in a small apartment on the other side of the... (full context)
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Julia is an imposing old woman with a formal voice, but she assures Frank he can... (full context)
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Ida had asked Julia to hide Frank weeks before, though she worried that she was demanding too much of... (full context)
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Julia always gives Ida strength. As a teacher, Julia always insisted that beyond her talent Ida... (full context)
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Frank isn’t actually sure if he remembers the walk to Julia’s apartment, or if he only knows it from Ida’s stories. But he does remember his... (full context)
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On Thursdays, Julia gives piano lessons to a man named Mr. Arpad; they rely on this income for... (full context)
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...who has survived bombing, starvation, and the Arrow Cross’s ceaseless hunting for Jews, hurries to Julia’s apartment building; she sees that it has been completely bombed out and feels certain that... (full context)
22. The Concert
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...colleague who works in radio broadcasting. Meanwhile, Ida thinks about her poor technique and imagines Julia shaking her head. She feels she’s cheated the audience out of a good concert, but... (full context)