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The Life of Galileo

Virginia is Galileo’s young, naïve daughter. Despite the presence of a Pope, multiple cardinals, and other religious figures, she is the most devoted follower of Catholicism in Life of Galileo and can often be seen praying. She loves her father, but sees his work in science as misguided. When the Inquisition questions her about him, she has no sense of what danger she might be putting Galileo in.

Virginia Quotes in The Life of Galileo

The The Life of Galileo quotes below are all either spoken by Virginia or refer to Virginia. 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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For three months I'll have to be careful, because the sun will be in Aries, but then I shall get a particularly favourable ascendant and the clouds will part. So long as I keep my eye on Jupiter I can travel as much as I like, because I'm an Aries.

Related Characters: Virginia (speaker), Mrs. Sarti
Page Number: 68
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Virginia Character Timeline in The Life of Galileo

The timeline below shows where the character Virginia appears in The Life of Galileo. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Virginia enters with Ludovico. Galileo mentions that he improved the telescope from the Danish version. Ludovico... (full context)
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Still, when Virginia appears moments later, Galileo forbids her from looking through the telescope. He even downplays the... (full context)
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Galileo also tells Virginia that he’s written to the Grand Duke of Florence, asking for a job. Sagredo bristles... (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 Florence, Cosimo de Medici,... (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... (full context)
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Galileo arrives at a ball being put on in his honor with Virginia and her date, Ludovico. They talk about how beautiful Virginia is, and how being Galileo’s... (full context)
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...conversation of the three men. Momentarily, the Cardinal Inquisitor comes to review the transcript. Seeing Virginia in the room, he talks with her at some length regarding her own religious practices,... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Virginia and Mrs. Sarti discuss Virginia’s engagement to Ludovico. Sarti feels that Virginia is taking their... (full context)
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...ideas. Furthermore, Ludovico is distressed because his family is very well-respected and rich; his wife (Virginia) will have to sit by him in Church. Ludovico worries that his family will lose... (full context)
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...how things work. At this, Ludovico leaves, asking that someone else explain their breakup to Virginia. When Virginia finds out, she faints, and the others run to her. Galileo, however, remains... (full context)
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Galileo has been summoned to the Medici palace for a meeting with Cosimo. He and Virginia await the Grand Duke in his antechamber. Galileo sees an old acquaintance, but the man... (full context)
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In Rome, Virginia, Federzoni, the Little Monk, and Andrea await the outcome of Galileo’s questioning by the Inquisition.... (full context)
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Galileo is an old man and Virginia about forty years old. He has been under house arrest by the Inquisition since the... (full context)
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...a pair of fat geese, and Galileo requests that they be cooked with apples. When Virginia presents them to Galileo, however, he can’t see them, because his eyes have gotten so... (full context)