The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes

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A black man and a slave who works in the stables of the Comendador of La Magdalena, Zaide becomes the lover of Antona Pérez after Lazaro’s father is exiled. Zaide is also the father of Antona Perez’s second child, Lazaro’s half-brother. Though Lazaro is afraid of Zaide at first, Lazaro soon learns that Zaide provides for his family, and this secures Lazaro’s trust. Zaide is then caught stealing and is separated from Lazaro and his mother as part of his punishment.

Zaide Quotes in The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes

The The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes quotes below are all either spoken by Zaide or refer to Zaide. 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 NYRB Classics edition of The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes published in 2004.
Chapter 1 Quotes

I was very small at the time but I was struck by what my little brother had said, and I thought, “How many there must be in the world who run away from others because they do not see themselves!”

Related Characters: Lazaro de Tormes (speaker), Zaide
Page Number: 9
Explanation and Analysis:
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Zaide Character Timeline in The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes

The timeline below shows where the character Zaide appears in The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...whom she cooks and washes the clothes of his stable boys. There, Lazaro’s mother meets Zaide, a black slave who works in the stables. Lazaro, though initially mistrustful of Zaide, is... (full context)
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Eventually Zaide and Antona’s relationship comes to the attention of the stable owners, who launch an investigation... (full context)