The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind

by

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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Daniel Sempere Character Analysis

The novel’s protagonist, Daniel grows from a child to an adolescent and comes of age over the course of the book; in its epilogue he appears as a middle-aged man and a father. Daniel becomes fascinated with the author Julián Carax after taking one of his novels from the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. As Daniel grows up, he learns more about the author’s past and finds that his own life starts to resemble Carax’s. At first he’s flattered and excited by the similarities, but when he finds that Carax’s life was derailed by tragedy he realizes he needs to differentiate his own narrative from Carax’s, which he accomplishes when they kill their mutual enemy, Inspector Fumero. For some time, Daniel chafes against his close relationship with his father, Mr. Sempere, searching out other mentors who are more powerful and traditionally masculine, but he ultimately admires his father’s kindness and is happy to grow into a man like him. Although Daniel is an intelligent and creative boy who grows up with aspirations to be a writer, he achieves a more subdued happy ending as a husband to Bea, a father, and an owner of a struggling bookshop. Daniel’s modest and realistic tone as an adult contrasts with his romantic impulses and penchant for Gothic narratives as a boy.

Daniel Sempere Quotes in The Shadow of the Wind

The The Shadow of the Wind quotes below are all either spoken by Daniel Sempere or refer to Daniel Sempere. 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.
The Cemetery of Forgotten Books Quotes

Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down the pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.

Related Characters: Mr. Sempere (speaker), Daniel Sempere
Page Number: 6
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After a while it occurred to me that between the covers of each of those books lay a boundless universe waiting to be discovered, while beyond those walls, in the outside world, people allowed life to pass by in afternoons of football and radio soaps, content to do little more than gaze at their navels.

Related Characters: Daniel Sempere (speaker)
Page Number: 6
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It might have been that notion, or just chance, or its more flamboyant relative, destiny, but at that precise moment I knew I had already chosen the book I was going to adopt, or that was going to adopt me.

Related Characters: Daniel Sempere (speaker)
Page Number: 6
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Days of Ashes: Chapter 5 Quotes

I could not blot out Clara’s story about her father’s disappearance. In my world death was like a nameless and incomprehensible hand, a door-to-door salesman who took away mothers, beggars, or ninety-year-old neighbors, like a hellish lottery. But I couldn’t absorb the idea that death could actually walk by my side, with a human face and a heart that was poisoned by hatred, that death could be dressed in a uniform or a raincoat, queue up at a cinema, laugh in bars, or take his children out for walk…and then, in the afternoon, make someone disappear in the dungeons of Montjuïc Castle.

Related Characters: Daniel Sempere (speaker), Clara Barceló
Page Number: 35
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Going over all this in my mind, it occurred to me that perhaps the papier-mâché world that I accepted as real was only a stage setting.

Related Characters: Daniel Sempere (speaker), Mr. Sempere
Page Number: 36
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An Empty Plate: Chapter 10 Quotes

I couldn’t help thinking that if I, by pure chance, had found a whole universe in a single unknown book, buried in that endless necropolis, tens of thousands more would remain unexplored, forgotten forever. I felt myself surrounded by millions of pages, by worlds and souls without an owner sinking into an ocean of darkness, while the world that throbbed outside the library seemed to be losing its memory, day after day, unknowingly, feeling all the wiser the more it forgot.

Related Characters: Daniel Sempere (speaker)
Page Number: 76
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City of Shadows: Chapter 17 Quotes

I imagined Julián Carax at that age, holding that image in his hands…and for a moment I thought there were no more ghosts there than those of absence and loss, and that the light that smiled on me was borrowed light, real only as long as I could hold it in my eyes, second by second.

Related Characters: Daniel Sempere (speaker), Julián Carax
Page Number: 147
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City of Shadows: Chapter 20 Quotes

Julián lived in his books. The body that ended up in the morgue was only a part of him. His soul is in his stories. I once asked him who inspired him to create his characters, and his answer was no one. That all his characters were himself.

Related Characters: Nuria Monfort (speaker), Daniel Sempere, Julián Carax
Page Number: 166
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City of Shadows: Chapter 28 Quotes

He didn’t tell me any of that because he knew that the miracle happened only once…A thousand times I’ve wanted to recover that first afternoon with Bea in the rambling house of Avenida del Tibidabo…

Related Characters: Daniel Sempere (speaker), Fermín, Beatriz (“Bea”) Aguilar
Page Number: 241
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City of Shadows: Chapter 31 Quotes

Nobody had noticed, nobody had paid attention, but as usual, the essential part of the matter had been settled before the story had begun, and by then it was too late.

Page Number: 265
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“Look, the one thing that really pisses me off is people who stir up the shit from the past!” Fumero cried out. “Things from the past have to be left alone, do you understand?”

Related Characters: Inspector Javier Fumero (speaker), Daniel Sempere, Fermín
Page Number: 282
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City of Shadows: Chapter 33 Quotes

I looked at that man whom I had once imagined almost invincible; he now seemed fragile, defeated without knowing it. Perhaps we were both defeated.

Related Characters: Daniel Sempere (speaker), Mr. Sempere
Page Number: 296
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Nuria Monfort: Chapter 13 Quotes

I was afraid of listening to Julián and starting to believe, as he did, that we were all bound together in a strange chain of destiny, afraid of recognizing in you the Julián I had lost.

Related Characters: Nuria Monfort (speaker), Daniel Sempere, Julián Carax
Page Number: 445
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Of all the things that Julián wrote, the one I have always felt closest to my heart is that so long as we are being remembered, we remain alive…Remember me, Daniel, even if it’s only in a corner and secretly. Don’t let me go.

Related Characters: Nuria Monfort (speaker), Daniel Sempere, Julián Carax
Page Number: 446
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The Shadow of the Wind: Chapter 4 Quotes

It was Laín Coubert, just as I’d learned to fear him reading the pages of a book, so many years ago…I saw how the hand of the angel pierced [Fumero’s] chest, spearing him, how the accursed soul was driven out like black vapor, falling like frozen tears over the mirror of water.

Related Symbols: Angels and Devils
Page Number: 465
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Postmortem Quotes

I can’t remember his exact words, or the sound of his voice. I do know that he held my hand and I felt as if he were asking me to live for him, telling me I would never see him again. What I have not forgotten is what I told him. I told him to take that pen, which had always been his, and write again.

Related Characters: Daniel Sempere (speaker), Julián Carax
Related Symbols: The Fountain Pen
Page Number: 471
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Dramatis Personae Quotes

Bea says that the art of reading is slowly dying, that it’s an intimate ritual, that a book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us, that when we read, we do it with all our heart and mind, and great readers are becoming more scarce by the day.

Related Characters: Daniel Sempere (speaker), Beatriz (“Bea”) Aguilar
Page Number: 484
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Daniel Sempere Character Timeline in The Shadow of the Wind

The timeline below shows where the character Daniel Sempere appears in The Shadow of the Wind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Cemetery of Forgotten Books
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The novel opens in Barcelona in 1945, as Daniel Sempere walks with his father to the mysterious Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first... (full context)
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Mr. Sempere owns a bookshop he inherited from his father. He and Daniel live over the bookshop in a small apartment which Daniel feels is still permeated by... (full context)
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On the morning in question, Daniel wakes up at dawn “screaming” because he can no longer remember his mother’s face. After... (full context)
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Daniel discovers that within the building is a round hall and myriad labyrinthine passages, all crammed... (full context)
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Daniel is awed and amazed. Best of all, to commemorate his first visit to the cemetery,... (full context)
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At that moment, drawn by “chance, or its more flamboyant relative, destiny,” Daniel notices an unfamiliar title called The Shadow of the Wind, by Julián Carax. He selects... (full context)
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Back in their apartment, Daniel begins reading The Shadow of the Wind and is immediately hooked. The novel is about... (full context)
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Daniel recalls a customer remarking that nothing is more influential to a reader than “the first... (full context)
Days of Ashes: Chapter 1
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Daniel is tempted to share the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books with his best... (full context)
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...Semperes find Barceló at his habitual after-work haunt, the cafe Els Quatre Gats, where coincidentally Daniel’s parents met. Mr. Sempere introduces Daniel as his son who is starting to grow into... (full context)
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After examining the book, Barceló smiles icily and demands to know where Daniel found it, although Daniel won’t divulge the secret of the Cemetery. Barceló offers Mr. Sempere... (full context)
Days of Ashes: Chapter 2
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The next day, Daniel sets off to the Ateneo library to find Barceló. He finds the collector seated next... (full context)
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...who is an “expert” on Carax. He scuttles into another room with the book, leaving Daniel to talk to Clara. She says that Daniel has earned Barceló’s respect by refusing to... (full context)
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Clara is blind, and Daniel is entranced both by her beauty and the fact that he can observe her without... (full context)
Days of Ashes: Chapter 3
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That afternoon, Daniel falls in love with Clara Barceló. He characterizes this passion as disastrous, a “curse on... (full context)
Days of Ashes: Chapter 4
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...made her realize she could live “intensely” despite her lack of sight. By this time, Daniel is spellbound by Clara’s charm and barely listening to what she’s saying. (full context)
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Daniel volunteers to read out loud to Clara and is surprised when she accepts. Daniel believes... (full context)
Days of Ashes: Chapter 5
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Daniel reveals that when he was younger, he dreamed of being a novelist. His ambitions centered... (full context)
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Daniel returns to see the pen every weekend, reporting on its status to his father. He... (full context)
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In the meantime, Daniel starts writing stories with an ordinary pen. He writes about a strange pen, possessed by... (full context)
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Daniel returns home from Barceló’s house preoccupied. When Mr. Sempere asks what he’s thinking about, he... (full context)
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Daniel tells Mr. Sempere that he has befriended Clara and promised to read to her, without... (full context)
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After dinner, Daniel looks out the window and sees a person standing on the street smoking a cigarette.... (full context)
Days of Ashes: Chapter 6
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After a good night’s sleep, Daniel convinces himself that he imagined the sinister stranger. That afternoon, he puts on his Sunday... (full context)
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After a snack, Daniel begins to read out loud, gradually relaxing and becoming subsumed in the narrative. Clara says... (full context)
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...alone in the street, a stranger approached her and started asking questions about Barceló and Daniel. When she touched his face, it felt like a leather mask. Daniel doesn’t quite believe... (full context)
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Daniel feels tortured by his passion for Clara, since he has no hope that she’ll ever... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Daniel befriends Bernarda, who pities his motherless state. She’s from an abusive family in a provincial... (full context)
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Mr. Sempere also disapproves of Daniel’s devotion to Clara, and says he ought to spend more time with friends his own... (full context)
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Daniel becomes increasingly pained by his love for Clara, but refuses to address it. Whenever she... (full context)
An Empty Plate: Chapter 7
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For his sixteenth birthday, Daniel decides to throw a dinner party, inviting only Barceló, Clara, and Bernarda. Mr. Sempere thinks... (full context)
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...business trip and Clara says that she has a music lesson. Only Bernarda comes. Enraged, Daniel runs out of the apartment and starts wandering the streets down to the port. Lost... (full context)
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The stranger says he knows a lot about Daniel and abruptly offers to buy The Shadow of the Wind, but Daniel refuses to sell... (full context)
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Daniel asks the stranger if he’s a collector. The stranger responds that Carax is his “specialty”... (full context)
An Empty Plate: Chapter 8
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Daniel decides he has to warn Clara, whom he knows is home alone, and take the... (full context)
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Daniel enters the apartment and walks through the many rooms towards Clara’s bedroom, the apartment flashing... (full context)
An Empty Plate: Chapter 9
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Instead Daniel finds Clara naked in bed, having sex with Neri. He stands paralyzed for several seconds... (full context)
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Outside the building, Daniel encounters the same homeless man he met on the way in. The man gives Daniel... (full context)
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Daniel takes his leave from Fermín and walks to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. While he... (full context)
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When Isaac answers the door, Daniel confides that he needs to hide the book from someone who wants to burn it.... (full context)
An Empty Plate: Chapter 10
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Daniel asks about Carax’s family, and Isaac says that the parents were separated for unknown reasons.... (full context)
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Daniel suggests that if he wasn’t close to his family Carax might have visited Nuria when... (full context)
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Daniel asks if he can talk to Nuria, and Isaac admits that his own relationship with... (full context)
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Daniel enters the labyrinth to hide the novel, imagining Nuria doing the same thing years ago.... (full context)
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When Daniel returns home, he finds Mr. Sempere still dressed and smoking in his armchair. Daniel refuses... (full context)
True to Character: Chapter 11
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After the dramatic night of his birthday, Daniel finds it surprisingly easy to wean himself off Clara and focus on other things. He’s... (full context)
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...in jail after the Civil War and from whom he is constantly on the run. Daniel recognizes the name of the man who killed Clara’s father, and notices that Fermín turns... (full context)
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Despite Fermín’s shame at his shabby appearance, Daniel introduces him to Mr. Sempere, who receives the homeless man artfully, offering him a bath... (full context)
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Daniel rustles up one of Mr. Sempere’s old suits, and when he returns the two men... (full context)
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...to say that he’s screaming suicide threats in his room and refusing to come out. Daniel and Mr. Sempere hurry over and placate the annoyed landlady. Mr. Sempere sends Daniel for... (full context)
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...willingly accepts Fermín’s apology for the disturbances, pitying him as a “dispossessed” person like herself. Daniel and Mr. Sempere start including Fermín in family activities so he feels less lonely. (full context)
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Daniel and Fermín start going to the cinema together, even though Fermín derides film as mindless... (full context)
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One day at the cinema, while Fermín is buying candy, Daniel is horrified to see Coubert sitting close to him. Coubert leaves so quickly that Daniel... (full context)
True to Character: Chapter 12
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Released from his heavy workload at the bookstore by the arrival of Fermín, Daniel devotes himself to investigating Julian Carax and spending time with his old friend Tomás Aguilar.... (full context)
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Daniel dislikes Tomás’s glamorous older sister, Bea, who looks likes a movie star and has a... (full context)
True to Character: Chapter 13
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As teenagers, Daniel and Tomás are increasingly worried about being drafted. Fermín, who hates the government, decides they... (full context)
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Daniel closes the bookstore once they’re gone, but he soon hears noises in the shop. When... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 14
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The next day, Daniel delivers an order of books to a Professor Javier Velázquez because Fermín is too disgusted... (full context)
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...arrives at Velázquez’s office, he finds the professor ogling and talking with a young student. Daniel starts to look her over as well, only to realize when she turns around that... (full context)
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Daniel asks about her boyfriend, and Bea says that she’s getting married and moving to the... (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,... (full context)
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Daniel tempts the voyeuristic caretaker into visiting the empty apartment, which turns out to be stuffed... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 16
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...are many notebooks, but they only contain math problems and doodles. In one of them Daniel finds a photograph of the same girl from the first picture, captioned “Penélope, who loves... (full context)
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As they leave, Daniel remembers the letter that came for Carax and secretly pockets it, taking it from the... (full context)
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After leaving Doña Aurora, Daniel visits Mr. Molins, the decrepit building administrator, who immediately launches into a monologue about Doña... (full context)
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...invitation to “go whoring.” He also repeats the rumor that Carax wasn’t Fortuny’s biological son. Daniel convinces him to explain everything he knows about the family, and a nested narrative begins,... (full context)
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Mr. Molins’s narrative ends and Daniel returns to the bookshop, where Fermín immediately starts teasing him about dating a young woman.... (full context)
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Before Fermín leaves to meet Bernarda for the afternoon, Daniel asks him to find out who owns the lawyer’s PO box. Fermín agrees without even... (full context)
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When Daniel is alone in the bookshop, a strange man arrives and browses languidly, while informing Daniel... (full context)
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To relieve his anxiety, Daniel goes for a walk. He decides not to tell Mr. Sempere and Fermín about this... (full context)
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When he gets home, Daniel falls asleep until the middle of the night, when he gets up and opens the... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 17
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Daniel reads the letter several times before dawn and then leaves the house and takes the... (full context)
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Daniel meets the caretaker of the neighboring house, who has worked in the neighborhood since 1920,... (full context)
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Before he leaves, Daniel takes a last look at the house, imagining Penélope having her picture taken in the... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 18
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Daniel retrieves Nuria Monfort’s address from his keepsake box and spends the morning working in the... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 19
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Feeling that Fumero tortured Don Federico in order to demonstrate his power over Fermín, Daniel tells Mr. Sempere about the inspector’s visit, but his father just tells him to keep... (full context)
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Before his date with Bea, Daniel goes to visit Nuria Monfort, finding her apartment building in a shabby neighborhood and her... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 20
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...shadows.” Nuria says that her husband is in prison for politically subversive activities, but that Daniel shouldn’t repeat this to Isaac. Meanwhile she supports herself with difficulty by doing translation work. (full context)
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Nuria tells Daniel that she met Carax when she was working for Cabestany’s publishing house in Paris. She... (full context)
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Daniel asks about Penélope, but Nuria denies having ever heard of her, even when Daniel shows... (full context)
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Nuria tells Daniel he reminds her of Carax, and strokes his hand while he covertly examines her body... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 21
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As dusk falls, Daniel makes his way to the university to meet Bea. As he approaches he worries that... (full context)
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They walk to a café and share fried potatoes while Daniel tells Bea the entire story of his obsession with and investigation into Carax. Bea demands... (full context)
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Daniel and Bea walk back to her house in silence. Daniel says he wants to see... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 22
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When Daniel gets home, Fermín is waiting to question him about his date, telling him sagely to... (full context)
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Then Fermín asks if Daniel thinks he could be a good father, ideally a supportive and thoughtful one like Mr.... (full context)
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...on to say that he talked to a friend at the post office, and tells Daniel that the lawyer they’ve been tracking, Requejo, doesn’t exist, and that Nuria Monfort picks up... (full context)
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Daniel hangs around the bookshop the entire next day in case Bea drops by, while Fermín... (full context)
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When they’re alone, Daniel tells Tomás that Bea was with him the night before. Tomás isn’t upset, but seems... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 24
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The next morning, Daniel and Fermín meet at a café to plan their day’s investigations. Fermín theorizes that Carax... (full context)
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...some resemblance to Jorge named Laín Coubert appeared, bent on destroying all of Carax’s work. Daniel feels nauseous, and throws up his entire breakfast in the bathroom. (full context)
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Fermín and Daniel take a cab out of the city to the school, which is housed in a... (full context)
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The first person Fermín and Daniel meet is Father Fernando Ramos, who just happens to have been the classmate and friend... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 25
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The nested narrative ends, and Daniel and Fermín are horrified that Fumero is so entwined in the story, although they deny... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 26
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On the way home, Fermín and Daniel stop at a café to talk over the day’s events. Fermín manages to eat a... (full context)
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When Daniel returns to the bookshop, Bea is waiting for him, having told Mr. Aguilar she was... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 27
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As a storm gathers in the late afternoon, Daniel boards the bus to the Aldayas’ neighborhood. When he arrives at the house, the gate... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 28
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While they sit by the fire, Bea tells Daniel the history she has learned about The Angel of Mist. The house was built at... (full context)
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Bea says that nothing happens by chance, and Daniel’s discovery of The Shadow of the Wind led directly to this moment in the Aldaya... (full context)
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...to Pablo, telling him she wants to get married as soon as possible, and asks Daniel whether she should send it. Daniel throws the envelope into the fire. Bea tells him... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 29
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Daniel and Bea plan to meet again at the house a few days later. As they... (full context)
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The next morning, Fermín tells Daniel that he’s made some inquires about Miquel Moliner. Although Nuria claimed he was in prison,... (full context)
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...brothel. Now it’s closely guarded by nuns, and the inmates are generally mistreated and neglected. Daniel notices a disgusting smell permeating the air as they drive up. (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 30
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Daniel and Fermín are able to gain entrance to the hospice thanks to a confused nun... (full context)
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At last, Daniel finds a relatively alert but bizarre old man who promises to lead him to Jacinta... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 31
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On the old man’s instructions, Daniel and Fermín finally locate Jacinta. She’s in very bad condition, but still remembers her beloved... (full context)
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Daniel and Fermín leave the hospice in a hurry, planning to regroup in a café, but... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 32
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Daniel takes Fermín to the Barceló home in a taxi, worrying that he will die on... (full context)
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...that Fermín has had a “minor accident” and is recuperating with Bernarda. He then presses Daniel about what they’ve been doing, deducing that it has something to do with The Shadow... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 33
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Barceló listens attentively to most of Daniel’s story. Then they check on Fermín, who is recuperating next to a sleeping Bernarda. Fermín... (full context)
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...solve the mystery before Fumero catches up to them again and kills Fermín. He orders Daniel to visit Nuria and explain he knows she’s been lying, in order to force her... (full context)
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Finally returning home at dawn, Daniel finds the careworn Mr. Sempere asleep with an open book at the dining table. Daniel... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 34
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Daniel dreams of Bea’s body all night. In the morning, Fermín returns to the bookstore and... (full context)
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In the afternoon, Daniel returns to The Angel of Mist as planned and arrives before Bea. But it’s very... (full context)
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Bea finds Daniel in the bathroom, where they huddle for warmth. But suddenly the wind blows out their... (full context)
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Bea promises to call Daniel soon and walks away without a goodbye. Daniel sees Tomás looking at him impassively from... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 35
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In the morning the telephone rings; when Daniel answers and asks if it’s Bea, the line goes dead. It rains all day. In... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 36
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For the next days, Daniel loafs around the city hoping for news of Bea. One day he visits her university... (full context)
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Finally Daniel calls Bea, even though it’s dangerous to phone the Aguilar home. Mr. Aguilar answers the... (full context)
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Daniel feels guilty for not having protected Bea better. He feels that he has always let... (full context)
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In the evening, without telling Mr. Sempere, Daniel and Fermín walk to a café, immediately noticing that a policeman is following them. At... (full context)
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Fermín tells Daniel that he met Fumero when the inspector was working for the anarchists and Fermín for... (full context)
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Daniel comforts Fermín and tells him he shouldn’t feel guilty about informing under such terrible circumstances,... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 37
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The next morning, Daniel visits Nuria, telling Mr. Sempere that he’s going for a walk. He’s beginning to feel... (full context)
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Daniel ascends the stairs of Nuria’s apartment building, listening to her neighbor’s radio, which is blaring... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 38
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Nuria answers the door and Daniel immediately tells her that he knows she owns the PO box of the lawyer who... (full context)
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Daniel declares his theory that Jorge Aldaya is hiding in the old mansion disguised as Laín... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 39
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Daniel returns to the bookstore to find Mr. Sempere annoyed at his long absence. Mr. Sempere... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 40
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Daniel spends all afternoon in the bookstore without hearing from Fermín. Eventually he calls Fermín’s apartment... (full context)
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Mr. Sempere returns home sad and anxious about the possibility that Daniel will be drafted. After dinner, Fumero and his henchmen raid the bookshop and smash the... (full context)
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...attributing it to a tramp dressed as a priest. The picture shows Fermín’s face, and Daniel realizes he has been framed. (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 41
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...normal life, the Semperes open the bookshop as usual the next day. Mr. Sempere questions Daniel about Nuria, and Daniel admits that she was a friend of Carax and he’d been... (full context)
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Daniel walks through the city in the freezing rain, conscious that he’s being followed. At one... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 42
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Walking back to the bookshop and aware he’s being followed again, Daniel meets Don Federico, who says he has a repair ready even though Daniel hasn’t ordered... (full context)
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Exhausted, Daniel falls asleep until dawn, when he leaves the apartment and paces through the city streets.... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 43
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The next day, Daniel goes to the cemetery to attend Nuria’s funeral. He finds her neighbors in attendance but... (full context)
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Palacios says he’s sorry about Nuria’s death and wants to help Daniel, but Daniel sees this as only a trick or an insult. Palacios tells Daniel that... (full context)
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Daniel walks home pondering these words. In a sudden epiphany, he realizes that Nuria wasn’t speaking... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 44
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Daniel returns to Nuria’s apartment, where he finds Isaac Monfort going through her belongings and crying.... (full context)
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Isaac tells Daniel that Nuria came to see him the day before she died and gave him an... (full context)
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Daniel is happy to see Mr. Sempere when he returns. He hugs his father and says... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 2
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...her husband and that Fortuny has completely disowned his son. This is the letter that Daniel reads many years later. (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 13
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...Barceló had been bragging about his discovery of the book, and Carax comes to respect Daniel without knowing him because of his refusal to part with the book for money. Carax... (full context)
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...Nuria believes he’s just overcome by his tragic life. Sometimes Carax tries to write about Daniel, and he keeps tabs on his childhood and adolescence. (full context)
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Nuria is afraid of Daniel because she believes that “we were all bound together in a strange chain of destiny,”... (full context)
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...is watching her, and she’s convinced that she “will die by his hand.” She urges Daniel to read her story and “set it free,” and to always remember her. (full context)
The Shadow of the Wind: Chapter 1
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At dawn, Daniel finishes Nuria’s manuscript, which he calls “our story.” He identifies himself with Carax and says... (full context)
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A hostile Tomás answers the door and tells Daniel that Bea has left home, and no one knows where she is. He says that... (full context)
The Shadow of the Wind: Chapter 2
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Walking the streets, Daniel notices that a car is following him. He tries to escape, but is bundled into... (full context)
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Daniel wakes up in the middle of the night to find Fermín snoring next to him.... (full context)
The Shadow of the Wind: Chapter 3
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At the Aldaya house, Daniel quickly finds Bea, who is huddled in Penélope’s old room. She has also met Carax,... (full context)
The Shadow of the Wind: Chapter 4
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Daniel tells Bea to stay in the room and steals out to warn Carax. Fumero catches... (full context)
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...Palacios enters the house and Fumero frees himself from the wall. Palacios wants to let Daniel leave, but Fumero grabs his gun and turns on Carax. Daniel jumps on Fumero, and... (full context)
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Daniel drifts into unconsciousness, hallucinating that he’s an old man with Bea and also that Mr.... (full context)
Postmortem
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Daniel spends three weeks in the hospital and even Fermín is convinced he will die. During... (full context)
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By the time Daniel wakes up a week later, the newspapers are saying Fumero died fighting armed criminals. No... (full context)
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Daniel wakes up in the hospital to find Mr. Sempere, Bea, and Fermín standing guard over... (full context)
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Later, Daniel wakes up to find the room empty except for Carax. Carax doesn’t say anything, but... (full context)
The Waters of March
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Three months later, Bea and Daniel get married. Her family has agreed that there is no other way to avoid a... (full context)
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The night before his wedding, Fermín tells a reluctant Daniel that he has organized a bachelor party. To fulfill the promise Daniel made long ago,... (full context)
Dramatis Personae
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Ten years later, Daniel has a son named Julián and runs the bookshop with Bea’s help, while Mr. Sempere... (full context)
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Daniel feels that Barcelona is slowly recovering from the horrors of two wars, and that “a... (full context)
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...increasingly reclusive life and is growing bitter in middle-age. She doesn’t like other women, and Daniel thinks that she’s still waiting for someone to “adore” her the way he did when... (full context)
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No one remembers Inspector Fumero. Palacios tells Daniel that a plaque was placed in the police station basement, but it’s now covered by... (full context)
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One day, Daniel receives a package from Paris containing a novel called The Angel of Mist, by an... (full context)
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...father assures him he can. However, this child’s name is Julián, and his father is Daniel. (full context)