The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind

by

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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Antonio Fortuny Character Analysis

Fortuny is the father with whom Carax grows up, although Fortuny knows even before his birth that he’s not Carax’s biological father. Fortuny is a narrow-minded and dogmatically religious man who tries to mold Carax in his own image and quickly becomes embittered when it’s clear that Carax is a very different person. As a man, he should be his family’s most powerful figure, but his wife Sophie subverts him by sleeping with another man, and his son’s intelligence and creativity places him out of his control; Fortuny takes out his spite by frequently beating his wife. It’s only as an old man, when he learns to see fatherhood not as an exercise in control but in unconditional love, that he reconciles with Carax. After his son returns to Barcelona, Fortuny redeems himself by helping him search for Penélope and sheltering him from the police.

Antonio Fortuny Quotes in The Shadow of the Wind

The The Shadow of the Wind quotes below are all either spoken by Antonio Fortuny or refer to Antonio Fortuny. 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 Shadow of the Wind published in 2005.
City of Shadows: Chapter 16 Quotes

Sophie refused to reveal the identity of the child’s father…Antoni Fortuny decided that it must be the devil, for that child was the child of sin, and sin had only one father: the One. Convinced in this manner that it had sneaked into his home and also between his wife’s thighs, the hatter took to hanging crucifixes everywhere…

Related Symbols: Angels and Devils
Page Number: 126
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Nuria Monfort: Chapter 8 Quotes

The hatter…had no doubt that Penélope was that love in his son’s life. Without realizing it, he thought that if he helped him recover her, perhaps he, too, would recover some part of what he had lost, that void that weighed on his bones like a curse.

Related Characters: Nuria Monfort (speaker), Julián Carax, Penélope Aldaya, Antonio Fortuny
Page Number: 407
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Antonio Fortuny Character Timeline in The Shadow of the Wind

The timeline below shows where the character Antonio Fortuny appears in The Shadow of the Wind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
An Empty Plate: Chapter 10
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...unknown reasons. His mother moved to South America and Carax was estranged from his father, Fortuny, who owns a hat shop, by the time he moved to Paris. (full context)
True to Character: Chapter 13
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...couple smiling at each other. A shop window behind the couple says “Sons of Antonio Fortuny.” Daniel immediately remembers that Carax’s father’s surname was Fortuny, and that he ran a hat... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 15
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Daniel visits the Fortuny hat shop, which is abandoned and dusty. The building caretaker, Doña Aurora, knows a lot... (full context)
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Doña Aurora also divulges that Fortuny beat his wife regularly, and that the wife, Sophie, told one of her neighbors that... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 16
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Mr. Molins describes Fortuny as “ascetic” because he declined the administrator’s invitation to “go whoring.” He also repeats the... (full context)
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According to Mr. Molins, Fortuny met Sophie Carax when he was getting old and impatient to be married. He chose... (full context)
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Having grown up in an abusive household himself, Fortuny immediately started beating Sophie, who in turn refused to name the baby’s father no matter... (full context)
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Sophie delivered the baby with the assistance of neighbors, and begged Fortuny to treat him as a son. He assented, but treated his wife as a servant,... (full context)
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...twelve, Carax began working his way through the local library’s stock of fiction and poetry. Fortuny was convinced that Carax was a useless idiot and asked God why he had been... (full context)
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...the middle of the night, when he gets up and opens the envelope from the Fortuny apartment. It’s from 1919, and the sender is Penélope Aldaya. In the letter, she tells... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 20
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...he wouldn’t reveal much about his personal life. Nuria confirms the basic details about the Fortuny family related by Mr. Molins, including that Fortuny wasn’t Julian’s real father. Nuria says Carax... (full context)
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...knows that his body turned up at the morgue in 1936, shot through the heart. Fortuny refused to take charge of the affair, so he was buried in a common grave.... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 25
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...the kitchens, and Carax obtained his spot through Mr. Aldaya, who was a customer of Fortuny’s shop. This was in the days when family dynasties were incredibly powerful, unlike today, when... (full context)
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...powerful men in Spain, a titan of industry. One day he ordered several hats from Fortuny’s shop, promising to recommend the shop to his powerful friends if the commission was executed... (full context)
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Mr. Aldaya tells the disbelieving Fortuny that the boy is a genius and that he will secure him a place at... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 31
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...Sophie disliked Carax’s increasing absorption into the Aldaya family and growing distance from his own. Fortuny was deeply bitter about this as well, and one day presented himself at Mr. Aldaya’s... (full context)
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...this time, graduation was approaching. Mr. Aldaya planned to initiate Carax into his firm, while Fortuny plotted to send him to the military out of spite. Carax was too preoccupied with... (full context)
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Inside, Sophie told him that now Mr. Aldaya was cooperating with Fortuny to dispatch Carax to the army, and that he must flee immediately. On Saturday, Carax... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 33
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...death and no one knew anything about it. The most puzzling point, to him, is Fortuny’s refusal to claim Carax’s body, which he says is too inhuman for any father. (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 39
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Moreover, Don Fonseca says that a visibly distraught Fortuny arrived to identify the body later that day. He looked at the body, stopped crying,... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 2
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...covertly mailed a letter from Penélope to Carax. Assuming that she sent it to the Fortuny apartment, Miquel goes there to retrieve the letter from Sophie, only to find that Sophie... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 3
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...to eke out a living as a piano teacher for arrogant and rude young girls. Fortuny begins courting her. She knows she’ll never love him, and always refuses his proposals. Still,... (full context)
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...her to get an abortion and, when she refuses, abandons her. She agrees to marry Fortuny so her child won’t be illegitimate. On her wedding day, Mr. Aldaya sends a funeral... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 8
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...The men hug, and Miquel takes him to a café. Surprisingly, Carax has reconciled with Fortuny, whose spite has turned into love after years of absence. Fortuny knows that Fumero is... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 9
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...arrives at the morgue, he’s identified as Julian Carax based on the papers he carries. Fortuny is devastated to hear that his son is dead, but when he arrives at the... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 11
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Nuria runs into Fortuny, who believes that Carax is alive somewhere and hiding from Fumero, who is the only... (full context)