The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind

by

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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Nuria meets Julian Carax while working as a secretary for his publisher, Cabestany. She falls in love with Carax by corresponding with him and reading his work, becoming driven to aid him even before she meets him in real life. She has a brief affair with him in Paris and becomes friends and lovers with Miquel Moliner out of their mutual love for and obsession with Carax. Like Miquel, she’s devoted to protecting Carax after his return to Barcelona and willingly gives up her life for him, but her feelings are complicated by her unrequited passion for Carax and jealousy of Penélope, whom she sees as an otherworldly and unbeatable rival. Composed, intelligent and beautiful, she’s entrancing to Daniel, who sees her as a femme fatale.

Nuria Monfort Quotes in The Shadow of the Wind

The The Shadow of the Wind quotes below are all either spoken by Nuria Monfort or refer to Nuria Monfort. 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 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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Nuria Monfort: Chapter 4 Quotes

It didn’t occur to him for an instant that Julián secretly despised him, that his affection was a sham, only a pretext to be close to Penélope. To possess her wholly and utterly. They did resemble each other in that.

Related Characters: Nuria Monfort (speaker), Julián Carax, Ricardo Aldaya (Mr. Aldaya)
Page Number: 383
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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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Nuria Monfort: Chapter 8 Quotes

The hatter…had no doubt that Penélope was that love in his son’s life. Without realizing it, he thought that if he helped him recover her, perhaps he, too, would recover some part of what he had lost, that void that weighed on his bones like a curse.

Related Characters: Nuria Monfort (speaker), Julián Carax, Penélope Aldaya, Antonio Fortuny
Page Number: 407
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Nuria Monfort: Chapter 11 Quotes

He hated the man who had caused this calamity, this trail of death and misery: himself. He hated those filthy books to which he had devoted his life and about which nobody cared. He hated every stolen second and every breath.

Related Characters: Nuria Monfort (speaker), Julián Carax
Page Number: 420
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Nuria Monfort: Chapter 13 Quotes

I discovered that Laín Coubert, impersonating Julián, had been roaming through the city and visiting the Aldaya mansion.

Related Characters: Nuria Monfort (speaker), Julián Carax, Laín Coubert / The Stranger
Page Number: 440
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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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Nuria Monfort Character Timeline in The Shadow of the Wind

The timeline below shows where the character Nuria Monfort appears in The Shadow of the Wind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
An Empty Plate: Chapter 10
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...burned, the company secretary saved a copy of each of Carax’s books. The secretary is Nuria, Isaac’s daughter, and Isaac says she has “a fondness for lost causes” and was friends... (full context)
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Daniel suggests that if he wasn’t close to his family Carax might have visited Nuria when he returned to Barcelona, but Isaac says he wouldn’t know. Because Nuria won’t say... (full context)
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The books that Nuria took from the factory are now hidden at the Cemetery, because a few days after... (full context)
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Daniel asks if he can talk to Nuria, and Isaac admits that his own relationship with his daughter is rocky. He believes she’s... (full context)
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Daniel enters the labyrinth to hide the novel, imagining Nuria doing the same thing years ago. Isaac advises him to make notches in the wood... (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 shop while... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 19
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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 name listed on the... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 20
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Nuria’s apartment is cramped and “adrift in shadows.” Nuria says that her husband is in prison... (full context)
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Nuria tells Daniel that she met Carax when she was working for Cabestany’s publishing house in... (full context)
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Daniel asks about Penélope, but Nuria denies having ever heard of her, even when Daniel shows her the pictures. She says... (full context)
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Nuria doesn’t know why Carax returned to Barcelona. She only knows that his body turned up... (full context)
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When asked about Laín Coubert, Nuria theorizes that this is the alias of Jorge Aldaya, whom she believes once called her... (full context)
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Nuria tells Daniel he reminds her of Carax, and strokes his hand while he covertly examines... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 22
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...office, and tells Daniel that the lawyer they’ve been tracking, Requejo, doesn’t exist, and that Nuria Monfort picks up the mail from the PO Box. Astonished and confused, since this revelation... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 25
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...missed the departed Carax dearly. He is unaware that Miquel seems to be married to Nuria Monfort. (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 29
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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, none of Fermín’s contacts, who are well-informed of goings-on in... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 33
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...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 into action. (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 bad about... (full context)
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Daniel ascends the stairs of Nuria’s apartment building, listening to her neighbor’s radio, which is blaring a religious game show called... (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... (full context)
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...that Jorge Aldaya is hiding in the old mansion disguised as Laín Coubert, and accuses Nuria of lying to protect his role in Carax’s murder. Then he walks out of the... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 39
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...and a book. Don Fonseca says he called the publisher listed in the book, while Nuria claims the morgue only called three days later. Don Fonseca says it sounded as if... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 40
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...Don Anacleto arrives with a copy of the next day’s newspaper. The front page announces Nuria Monfort’s murder, attributing it to a tramp dressed as a priest. The picture shows Fermín’s... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 41
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...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 to visit... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 42
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...of which is the missal Fermín carried when he was dressed as a priest outside Nuria’s apartment. Tucked inside is a note saying that Fermín did not kill Nuria and is... (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 not Isaac. The policeman who pulled him... (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... (full context)
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Daniel walks home pondering these words. In a sudden epiphany, he realizes that Nuria wasn’t speaking to him but to Carax, whom she must have loved for years even... (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. He talks about... (full context)
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Isaac tells Daniel that Nuria came to see him the day before she died and gave him an envelope to... (full context)
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...and says he loves him. Still, he then barricades himself in his room to devour Nuria’s manuscript. (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 1
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Nuria begins her narrative in 1933, when she’s working as a secretary for Toni Cabestany and... (full context)
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Nuria is also puzzled that the same person, using different aliases, calls every few weeks to... (full context)
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While working on Cabestany’s accounting, Nuria discovers that the unprofitable editions of Carax’s books are financed completely by someone named Miquel... (full context)
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Nuria and Miquel quickly become friends, sharing their interest in books, music, and the enigmatic Carax.... (full context)
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In the summer, Cabestany sends Nuria to Paris on business, where she meets Carax, who lets her stay in his spartan... (full context)
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Carax also tells Nuria about his life in Paris. In 1921, homeless and ill on the streets, he met... (full context)
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After talking to her all night about his lonely night, Carax and Nuria finally have sex. She spends two weeks in Paris as his lover, but knows he... (full context)
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...pen he sees in a pawnshop, which is said to have belonged to Victor Hugo. Nuria secretly buys it for him out of her meager savings. That night, she leaves without... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 2
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When Nuria returns to Barcelona and sees Miquel, he knows immediately that she’s hopelessly in love with... (full context)
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Eventually, out of mutual loneliness and desperation, Miquel and Nuria become lovers. Miquel drinks more and more, and sometimes they fight over Nuria’s passion for... (full context)
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One day after a fight, Miquel tells Nuria that in 1919, when Carax and Penélope’s affair was discovered, Mr. Aldaya locked Penélope in... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 5
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...hates. He has been to Carax’s publisher to obtain his address, and has even followed Nuria home a few times, both attracted to her body and enraged by her defense of... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 6
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Meanwhile, Miquel’s brothers succeed in evicting him, and Nuria finds him in a derelict apartment building, bankrupt and ill with tuberculosis. She takes him... (full context)
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One day Nuria comes home from work to find that Fumero has visited Miquel and announced that Carax... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 7
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In despair one night, Nuria gets drunk and falls asleep on the sofa. When she wakes up, she finds a... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 8
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...a month to live, while Carax could keep searching for Penélope or settle down with Nuria, who’s waiting for him. Carax escapes while Miquel fires at the policeman and is subsequently... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 9
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Meanwhile, Nuria hasn’t heard from either Carax or Miquel and is sick with worry. When Don Fonseca... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 10
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Nuria knows that Penélope is dead, but can’t bear to tell Carax, so she just insists... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 11
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Carax has finally solved the dreadful mystery of his lost love. Nuria drags him out of the cellar, feeling “the venom of hatred spreading slowly through his... (full context)
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When Nuria arrives at work, she finds that someone named Laín Coubert has already been there asking... (full context)
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Nuria finds a badly burned Carax at the hospital and identifies him (falsely) as Miquel Moliner.... (full context)
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When Nuria has depleted most of their financial reserves, Carax takes to going out at night, disguised... (full context)
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Nuria runs into Fortuny, who believes that Carax is alive somewhere and hiding from Fumero, who... (full context)
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Nuria and Carax desperately need money, so Nuria uses a strategy that Carax once wrote about... (full context)
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Nuria and Carax survive for several years this way, until one day an informer posing as... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 12
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Nuria finds work at another publishing house run by Pedro Sanmartí, which publishes trashy propaganda novels... (full context)
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When Nuria gets home, upset and exhausted, Carax comforts her. He leaves the apartment all night, and... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 13
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Carax’s casual murder of Sanmartí makes Nuria realize he’s a much different man from the one she fell in love with, and... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Fumero arrests Nuria to interrogate her about Sanmartí’s death. He doesn’t torture her and eventually lets her go,... (full context)
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Nuria rushes to the Fortuny apartment, but Julian isn’t there and she knows he’s gone forever.... (full context)
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Nuria sometimes visits Carax at the Aldaya house, where he now squats. He thinks he’s going... (full context)
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Nuria is afraid of Daniel because she believes that “we were all bound together in a... (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... (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 that in... (full context)
The Shadow of the Wind: Chapter 2
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...up in Fermín’s safe house. He’s anxious to find Bea, but Fermín, who has read Nuria’s manuscript while Daniel slept, gives Daniel some painkillers and says he’ll go out to search... (full context)
The Shadow of the Wind: Chapter 4
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...unconsciousness, hallucinating that he’s an old man with Bea and also that Mr. Sempere and Nuria are crying over his grave. Before he faints, he remembers his mother’s face with a... (full context)