The Life of Galileo

Mrs. Sarti is Galileo Galilei’s housekeeper and mother to Andrea. While Galileo thinks only about the Sun, Moon, and planets, Sarti must think of practical things like the monetary situation of the household and paying the milkman. She may be domineering in this regard, she also cares deeply for Galileo, and risks her life to stay with him during the outbreak of the plague.

Mrs. Sarti Quotes in The Life of Galileo

The The Life of Galileo quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Sarti or refer to Mrs. Sarti. 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 Penguin Books edition of The Life of Galileo published in 2008.
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Related Characters: Virginia (speaker), Mrs. Sarti
Page Number: 68
Explanation and Analysis:

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Mrs. Sarti Character Timeline in The Life of Galileo

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Sarti appears in The Life of Galileo. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Scene 1
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...how the sun might appear to move while remaining stationary, but they are interrupted by Mrs. Sarti . (full context)
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After Mrs. Sarti leaves, Galileo again tries to demonstrate to Andrea. This time, he uses an apple to... (full context)
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Ludovico enters with Mrs. Sarti and Galileo quizzes him. He discovers that Ludovico has been sent by his mother, who... (full context)
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...Before Ludovico leaves, Galileo agrees to take him on as a student. He then sends Mrs. Sarti off with a prescription for two glass lenses he wants made. (full context)
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Andrea returns with the apple and the lenses Galileo requested from Mrs. Sarti . Galileo begins constructing a rudimentary telescope, while telling Andrea that he must stop telling... (full context)
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Mrs. Sarti interrupts the two men to introduce the Procurator. He has arrived to tell Galileo the... (full context)
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Galileo has moved to Florence with his housekeeper ( Mrs. Sarti ), Andrea, and Virginia. Mrs. Sarti prepares for the arrival of the Grand Duke of... (full context)
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A plague has begun in Florence, and Cosimo sends a carriage to escort Galileo, Virginia, Mrs. Sarti , and Andrea to safety. Galileo makes sure that Virginia and Andrea get into the... (full context)
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Later, Galileo can’t find Mrs. Sarti and he goes out into the street looking for her. No one will talk to... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Virginia and Mrs. Sarti discuss Virginia’s engagement to Ludovico. Sarti feels that Virginia is taking their upcoming marriage too... (full context)