The Name of the Rose

Girl from the village Character Analysis

This girl is in her late teens and speaks a northern Italian dialect. She is brought to the abbey by Salvatore to have sex with Remigio in exchange for food for her family. Instead, however, she meets Adso in the kitchens. They have a sexual encounter, but she runs away in the morning without telling him her name. Salvatore brings her to the abbey again to cast a love spell on her in a ritual involving a black cat, but when Bernard discovers this he accuses her of witchcraft. Adso is powerless to save her, and because the monks don’t speak her language, she is unable to defend herself. She is sentenced to be burned at the stake and taken from the abbey along with Remigio and Salvatore.
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Girl from the village Character Timeline in The Name of the Rose

The timeline below shows where the character Girl from the village appears in The Name of the Rose. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Third Day
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Adso flees to the kitchen, where he realizes that someone else is already inside, a girl from the village. An older Adso intervenes in the narration, saying that perhaps he should... (full context)
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...who come to him to confess their sins. William has a hypothesis that explains the girl’s presence. He suspects that Remigio trades food from the kitchens in exchange for sex with... (full context)
Fourth Day
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...leaves when he sees William and Adso there. Salvatore accounts for the presence of the girl in the kitchen, confirming William’s theory that he procures women from the village for Remigio,... (full context)
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When William and Adso return from the library, however, they do see the girl from the village. Bernard has arrested her and Salvatore, since Salvatore had been using a... (full context)
Fifth Day
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...bed. Adso remarks on the unfairness of the “simple folk” (like Remigio, Salvatore, and the girl) suffering for the sins of the powerful. (full context)
Sixth Day
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...But the feast soon descends into drunkenness and violence, and people begin to attack the girl from the village, torturing her and turning her flesh into a “deaf and blind ruin.”... (full context)
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...William saying goodbye to the Franciscans. He hears that the prisoners (Salvatore, Remigio, and the girl) have already left. He decides that it’s better this way, since he wasn’t sure he... (full context)