The Name of the Rose

Nicholas of Morimondo Character Analysis

Nicholas is the abbey’s master glazier. He is fascinated by William’s glasses—an invention he had only heard of before—and makes William a new pair when his are stolen. After Remigio’s arrest, Nicholas is appointed cellarer, and he uses the authority of his new position to let William and Adso into the crypt, where he tells them the history of the power struggle over who would become abbot and the enmity between Malachi and Alinardo.

Nicholas of Morimondo Quotes in The Name of the Rose

The The Name of the Rose quotes below are all either spoken by Nicholas of Morimondo or refer to Nicholas of Morimondo. 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 Mariner Books edition of The Name of the Rose published in 2014.
Seventh Day Quotes

The library had been doomed by its own impenetrability, by the mystery that protected it, by its few entrances. The church, maternally open to all in the hour of prayer, was open to all in the hour of succor. But there was no more water, or at least very little could be found stored, and the wells supplied it with a parsimony that did not correspond to the urgency of the need.

Related Characters: Adso of Melk (speaker), Nicholas of Morimondo
Related Symbols: The Finis Africae
Page Number: 524
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Nicholas of Morimondo Character Timeline in The Name of the Rose

The timeline below shows where the character Nicholas of Morimondo appears in The Name of the Rose. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
First Day
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Judgement and Hypocrisy Theme Icon
...the abbey’s prohibition. William and Adso explore the rest of the abbey and talk with Nicholas of Morimondo, the master glazier. Nicholas is very impressed with William’s glasses, and William praises... (full context)
Third Day
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Adso finds William at the forge, where Nicholas is making him another pair of glasses. Adso confesses that he no longer understands the... (full context)
Fourth Day
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...the stolen glasses in the dead Berengar’s pocket and returns them to William, just as Nicholas arrives with his new lenses. With his two pairs of glasses, William deciphers the Greek... (full context)
Sixth Day
The Interpretation of Signs Theme Icon
...fingers of his hands are also blackened. Jorge weeps and says “it will never end.” Nicholas is appointed cellarer to replace Remigio, but the post of librarian remains vacant. Benno is... (full context)
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In his new position as cellarer, Nicholas invites William and Adso to the abbey’s crypt, where he tells them some secrets of... (full context)
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...The Italian monks are clustered together, whispering, and Jorge heads toward the chapter house with Nicholas. Benno tells them that the scriptorium is in chaos and no one is working. William... (full context)
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...is absent from vespers. Benno is also absent (he is closing the scriptorium), along with Nicholas (who is making dinner) and Alinardo (who is not well). When these facts are pointed... (full context)
Seventh Day
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Nicholas begins directing the monks and servants to look for water and vessels of any kind.... (full context)