The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind

by

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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Jacinta is Penélope’s devoted governess. She had a deep spiritual and emotional connection to her charge, believing her to be the daughter she could never have. After the discovery of Penélope’s affair, the Aldayas throw Jacinta out of the house and she never sees her again. Later Jacinta gives Daniel many details on Penélope and Carax’s youth. She’s convinced that the events of their lives, including Penélope’s tragic death, are dictated by a predetermined destiny, which manifests itself to her as the spirit Zacarías.

Jacinta Coronado Quotes in The Shadow of the Wind

The The Shadow of the Wind quotes below are all either spoken by Jacinta Coronado or refer to Jacinta Coronado. 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

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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Jacinta Coronado Character Timeline in The Shadow of the Wind

The timeline below shows where the character Jacinta Coronado appears in The Shadow of the Wind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
City of Shadows: Chapter 25
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...glimpsed Penélope when she visited the school one day with Mr. Aldaya and her governess, Jacinta. He was immediately enthralled by her, and stays out late making a carving of her... (full context)
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...men realize they need more information about the mysterious Penélope. Father Fernando believes her governess, Jacinta, might be able to provide it. Jacinta currently lives at the Santa Lucía hospice. Father... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 29
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Fermín decides they should track down Jacinta, and that afternoon they travel to a badly-run hospice on the edge of the city,... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 30
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...for undertakers. Once they’re left alone, they roam the corridors, asking inmates if they know Jacinta, but most are too senile and senseless to answer. (full context)
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...Daniel finds a relatively alert but bizarre old man who promises to lead him to Jacinta if Daniel will procure him a prostitute for one last romp before he dies. Bemused,... (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 Penélope. They gain her trust... (full context)
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Another nested narrative begins, with Jacinta as the narrator. Jacinta grew up in Toledo, and as a child was plagued by... (full context)
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Jacinta prayed fervently for God to grant her dearest wish, to become a mother. One day... (full context)
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In Barcelona, Jacinta eventually found work caring for the pregnant Mrs. Aldaya. Soon after, Jorge was born, and... (full context)
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When Penélope became a beautiful teenager, she met Carax, and Jacinta noticed their immediate connection. Even though she recognized that Carax might be dangerous to her... (full context)
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Jacinta also noticed young Javier’s growing obsession with Penélope. One day he stole a photograph of... (full context)
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...to tell Penélope, who agreed immediately. The only problem was that they had to deceive Jacinta, who would be too worried to go along with the plan. (full context)
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Afterwards, Penélope and Carax had sex on the floor of Jacinta’s room, only to be discovered by Mrs. Aldaya. Carax had to flee the house and... (full context)
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...the servants said he was “possessed by all the devils in hell.” He summarily fired Jacinta, forcing her to leave the house where she had lived for so many years without... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 2
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...him. Knowing that it would devastate Carax, Miquel doesn’t send it. Instead, he tracks down Jacinta, who by this time is in the insane asylum but who left a note in... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 10
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...mansion. Carax breaks the gate’s lock by pouring acid on it, and they ascend to Jacinta’s room, which is now unfurnished and covered with bloodstains. (full context)
The Waters of March
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...Santa Lucía Hospice and sneak her in to the old man. Meanwhile, they ask after Jacinta, who they learn died two weeks ago, after being visited by Carax. (full context)