The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind

by

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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Inspector Javier Fumero Character Analysis

Fumero is an amorphous and monstrous villain who appears at various points of the story, from Carax’s school to Daniel’s neighborhood. Seemingly cruel and twisted by nature, he’s obsessed with Penélope and tries to murder Carax when he realizes that she loves him. As a young man, Fumero works as a hired killer for the various parties that control Madrid during the Civil War, moving seamlessly among opposing forces while others are purged or fall out of favor; the fact that only the worst villain can thrive within them is an indictment of all the regimes that exist during that time. By the time Daniel encounters Fumero, he’s entrenched within the Fascist regime, enforcing the government’s brutally repressive agenda while using government power to pursue his own vendettas. Although Fumero is never explicitly linked to the devil, as are characters like Laín Coubert or Zacarías, he’s the most demonic and unequivocally evil character. Notably, Fumero voices disdain for literature and a passion for cinema; he quickly internalizes and regurgitates Fascist propaganda. His mediocre and conventional mind represents the kind of banal evil that rises to the top of authoritarian governments.

Inspector Javier Fumero Quotes in The Shadow of the Wind

The The Shadow of the Wind quotes below are all either spoken by Inspector Javier Fumero or refer to Inspector Javier Fumero. 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 31 Quotes

“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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Nuria Monfort: Chapter 5 Quotes

He revered mosquitos and all insects in general. He admired their discipline, their fortitude and organization. There was no laziness in them, no irreverence or racial degeneration…In his opinion, society had a lot to learn from insects.

Related Characters: Nuria Monfort (speaker), Inspector Javier Fumero
Page Number: 388
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Fumero found old men revolting – as he did crippled men, Gypsies, and queers – whether or not they had muscle tone. Sometimes God made mistakes. It was the duty of every upright citizen to correct these small failings and keep the world looking presentable.

Related Characters: Nuria Monfort (speaker), Inspector Javier Fumero
Page Number: 389
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Fumero was very keen on movies and went to the cinema at least twice a week. It was in a cinema that he had understood that Penélope had been the love of his life. The rest, especially his mother, had been nothing but tarts.

Page Number: 390
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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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Inspector Javier Fumero Character Timeline in The Shadow of the Wind

The timeline below shows where the character Inspector Javier Fumero appears in The Shadow of the Wind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Days of Ashes: Chapter 4
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...into his death, and the detective discovered that he was killed by a man named Javier Fumero, who worked as a hired thug for the anarchists, communists, and fascists, changing his... (full context)
True to Character: Chapter 11
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On their way, Fermín begins talking about his “nemesis,” Inspector Fumero, who put him in jail after the Civil War and from whom he is constantly... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 16
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...to buy gay pornography. He shows his badge and identifies himself as Chief Inspector Francisco Javier Fumero. It turns out he’s less interested in Don Federico than Fermín, whom he knows... (full context)
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...Sempere and Fermín about this development, thinking that making them anxious would be playing into Fumero’s game. He runs into Don Federico, a kind and gentle man who gives him an... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 18
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...Police the night before when they raided a gay club. At the police station, Inspector Fumero left him for a night in a cell with “a select group of thugs.” After... (full context)
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Feeling that Fumero tortured Don Federico in order to demonstrate his power over Fermín, Daniel tells Mr. Sempere... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 20
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...Civil War, when many people disappeared for a variety of reasons. At one point, Inspector Fumero visited her and warned her not to ask any more questions. (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 25
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...the exception of Miquel, who stands up for him. Carax befriends him as well as Javier, another lower-class outcast with a strange habit of making complicated woodcarvings. Javier’s father, Ramón, is... (full context)
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In fact, Javier had also glimpsed Penélope when she visited the school one day with Mr. Aldaya and... (full context)
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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 knowing him to Father Fernando. Father... (full context)
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Father Fernando believes the culprit is Fumero, since Fumero also tried to kill Carax during their last year of school after spying... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 31
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Jacinta also noticed young Javier’s growing obsession with Penélope. One day he stole a photograph of the girl out of... (full context)
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Mr. Aldaya organized a huge party for Jorge’s eighteenth birthday, to which Carax insisted Javier be invited. Javier declined the invitation, feeling he would be out of place among the... (full context)
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The next day, Javier brought a gun to school and attempted to shoot Carax, who was only saved because... (full context)
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...a café, but they are soon stopped on the road by two thugs and Inspector Fumero. Fumero warns that they are behaving dangerously by poking around the hospice, and threatens to... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 33
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...and Daniel continues to fill Barceló in. The bookseller is struck by the fact that Fumero is involved in the story at so many points, as well as the fact that... (full context)
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Barceló says they will need his help and connections to solve the mystery before Fumero catches up to them again and kills Fermín. He orders Daniel to visit Nuria and... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 36
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...he has always let others take the fall for him, as when he watched while Fumero beat up Fermín. On his way home, he realizes the same police officer who had... (full context)
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...following them. At the café, Fermín bribes the waiter to tell the policeman that Inspector Fumero has urgently requested his presence, and the man leaves immediately. (full context)
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Fermín tells Daniel that he met Fumero when the inspector was working for the anarchists and Fermín for the government, right before... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 38
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...Nuria accuses him of judging her “without knowing [her].” She’s furious when he admits that Fumero is following him, thinking he has led him to her. (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 39
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...at the body, stopped crying, and immediately left without affirmatively identifying the body. Then Inspector Fumero appeared at the morgue, signed off on the identification instead, ordered the corpse to be... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 40
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...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 furniture, searching for Fermín. Fumero threatens... (full context)
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Just after Fumero leaves, Don Anacleto arrives with a copy of the next day’s newspaper. The front page... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 5
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...ten years later almost a beggar. He tries to track down Carax but instead meets Javier Fumero, who has risen from his humble origins to be an army officer and then... (full context)
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Jorge considers Fumero a friend and apologizes for mistreating him when they were children. Fumero wants to use... (full context)
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Fumero considers that his passion for Penélope was completely pure, “like the ones you see in... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 6
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...they lie and say that he’s in Italy. Jorge reveals that he’s fallen in with Fumero and they both feel “cursed.” Carax writes Nuria that he’s working on a new novel,... (full context)
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One day Nuria comes home from work to find that Fumero has visited Miquel and announced that Carax is getting married to Irene Marceau, which Miquel... (full context)
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Eventually, Fumero prods Jorge into going to Paris and challenging Carax to a duel. Just as Fumero... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 7
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...will look, like The Angel of Mist and San Gabriel’s, where Father Fernando says that Fumero has come around threatening him as well. While they search, most of the streets are... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 8
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...with Fortuny, whose spite has turned into love after years of absence. Fortuny knows that Fumero is looking for his son, so he goes out to search the city for Penélope... (full context)
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Meanwhile the waiter of the café, who’s in Fumero’s pay, calls the police. Miquel and Carax don’t realize they’ve been trapped until they see... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 9
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...morgue and sees Miquel’s body, he screams in relief, which the police interpret as grief. Fumero sees the body and knows it’s Miquel, but allows it to be buried as Carax.... (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 person in Barcelona who manages to come out on top no... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 12
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...with another secretary, Mercedes Prieto, who tells her that Sanmartí is a close friend of Fumero. Sanmartí is also a womanizer, and relentlessly tries to seduce Nuria. Fleeing from his advances... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 13
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Meanwhile, Fumero arrests Nuria to interrogate her about Sanmartí’s death. He doesn’t torture her and eventually lets... (full context)
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...the wounds of the past without resolving them. She’s also anxious because Daniel inadvertently leads Fumero back to Carax. (full context)
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Concluding her manuscript, Nuria writes that she knows that Fumero is watching her, and she’s convinced that she “will die by his hand.” She urges... (full context)
The Shadow of the Wind: Chapter 3
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...her with food and blankets. Now, Bea says, Carax is waiting in the library for Fumero, who he knows will have followed Daniel. Daniel looks down the stairs and sees that... (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 him in the foyer, and Daniel lies and says that Carax has run away.... (full context)
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Just at that moment, Palacios enters the house and Fumero frees himself from the wall. Palacios wants to let Daniel leave, but Fumero grabs his... (full context)
Postmortem
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By the time Daniel wakes up a week later, the newspapers are saying Fumero died fighting armed criminals. No other bodies were found in the Aldaya mansion. (full context)
Dramatis Personae
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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... (full context)