Julia is Molly’s equivalent in Anna’s novel manuscript The Shadow of the Third, which appears in the yellow notebook. Like Molly, she is an unsuccessful, unmarried Jewish actress with communist leanings (unlike Molly, Julia is not a member of the Party). She plays a much smaller role in the yellow notebook than Molly does in Free Women, although Ella reveals her close attachment to Julia when she moves out into her own apartment. Julia has more contempt for men than Molly; she is an astute, if pessimistic, critic of sex and relationships, and perhaps reflects the responses Anna wishes Molly would offer her in their conversations about men.
Julia Character Timeline in The Golden Notebook
The timeline below shows where the character Julia appears in The Golden Notebook. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Notebooks: 1
...which makes her feel “completely rejected” and disdain their sex that night. She chats with Julia, who is pessimistic about Paul and thinks he had “such a tight miserable face”—and he... (full context)
...emotional for women,” and that even “the most perceptive and intelligent man” cannot understand—like when Julia insists that a marriage broke up because the wife did not love the husband, and... (full context)
The Notebooks: 2
The Notebooks: 3
...“hatred and resentment,” while Ella continues to ruminate about Paul Tanner. Ella also learns that Julia has “protected [her] from a certain kind of attention”—she sees the difference between living alone... (full context)
The Golden Notebook
...through various films: Mashopi, then Paul Tanner and Ella, then Michael and Anna, Ella and Julia, Anna and Molly. He laughs when it says, “directed by Anna Wulf,” over Anna’s pleas... (full context)