Don Federico is the neighborhood watchmaker who’s known to be gay and moonlight as a drag queen. Even though the neighborhood is relatively narrow-minded and conservative, everyone likes Don Federico for his gentle temper and rallies to take care of him after the secret police arrest and torture him. While they can’t openly defend Don Federico from the repressive government, their tacit support shows their dislike of dogmatic regimes.
Don Federico Character Timeline in The Shadow of the Wind
The timeline below shows where the character Don Federico appears in The Shadow of the Wind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Days of Ashes: Chapter 5
If the fountain pen is longer there, Mr. Sempere says, they’ll have the watchmaker, Don Federico , make a copy. Don Federico is known throughout the neighborhood for his mechanical talent,... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 16
...that he and Mr. Sempere are harboring “undesirable characters” in the shop, subsequently alleging that Don Federico visits the shop to buy gay pornography. He shows his badge and identifies himself as... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 18
...an uproar in the street and the pompous schoolteacher, Don Anacleto, arrives to announce that Don Federico was arrested by the State Police the night before when they raided a gay club.... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 19
City of Shadows: Chapter 42
The Shadow of the Wind: Chapter 2