Never named in the novel, Daniel’s mother dies when he is very young. Daniel loves and misses her, but is ashamed that he can’t remember much of her or share in Mr. Sempere’s life-altering grief. The loss of Mrs. Sempere, about which Daniel and his father often think but rarely speak, mirrors the national trauma of the Spanish Civil War, which is a constant but unspoken presence in everyday life. For Daniel personally, his mother’s elusive memory represents the seductive but irretrievable nature of the past.
Mrs. Sempere / Daniel’s Mother Character Timeline in The Shadow of the Wind
The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Sempere / Daniel’s Mother 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
...in a small apartment which Daniel feels is still permeated by the sadness of his mother’s death. Daniel says he spent his entire childhood making “invisible friends” among the characters in... (full context)
...in question, Daniel wakes up at dawn “screaming” because he can no longer remember his mother’s face. After comforting him, Mr. Sempere says he has something to show him and leads... (full context)
Days of Ashes: Chapter 5
...of creating superlative literature or even of writing letters to “that unknowable” place where Daniel’s mother has gone. The shopkeeper tells Daniel and Mr. Sempere that the pen belonged to Victor... (full context)
Days of Ashes: Chapter 6
City of Shadows: Chapter 26
...cryptically that “few things are more deceptive than memories.” Fermín says he only remembers his mother’s smell, while Daniel can’t recollect anything about his own mother. Fermín suggests that Daniel’s quest... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 34
...fire. The mildewy smell makes him recall the damp morning on which they buried his mother. Daniel dispels the image and descends. After turning on a small boiler, he hears footsteps... (full context)
The Shadow of the Wind: Chapter 4