The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind

by

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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Ricardo Aldaya (Mr. Aldaya) Character Analysis

Father to Penélope, Jorge, and Julián, Ricardo Aldaya is a wealthy, cruel, and philandering industrialist. He runs his family autocratically and his relationship with his children is based on total control and the extent to which they bolster or threaten his own pride. For example, he favors Carax, his illegitimate son, because he’s clever and entertaining; but when Penélope subverts his authority by taking a lover and becoming pregnant, he locks her away and allows her to die. Mr. Aldaya is a foil to Mr. Aguilar, who shares his bluster but lacks his actual cruelty. Mr. Aldaya represents a brand of fatherhood and masculinity that is completely based on power and control, rather than love or understanding; as a parent and a man, he’s a contrast to the less traditionally masculine but much kinder Mr. Sempere.

Ricardo Aldaya (Mr. Aldaya) Quotes in The Shadow of the Wind

The The Shadow of the Wind quotes below are all either spoken by Ricardo Aldaya (Mr. Aldaya) or refer to Ricardo Aldaya (Mr. Aldaya). 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 16 Quotes

Sophie refused to reveal the identity of the child’s father…Antoni Fortuny decided that it must be the devil, for that child was the child of sin, and sin had only one father: the One. Convinced in this manner that it had sneaked into his home and also between his wife’s thighs, the hatter took to hanging crucifixes everywhere…

Related Symbols: Angels and Devils
Page Number: 126
Explanation and Analysis:
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
Explanation and Analysis:
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Ricardo Aldaya (Mr. Aldaya) Character Timeline in The Shadow of the Wind

The timeline below shows where the character Ricardo Aldaya (Mr. Aldaya) 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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...from poor families. Fernando’s father worked in the kitchens, and Carax obtained his spot through Mr. Aldaya , who was a customer of Fortuny’s shop. This was in the days when family... (full context)
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...of Carax meeting the Aldayas, another nested narrative begins, with Father Fernando narrating. In 1914, Don Ricardo Aldaya was one of the most powerful men in Spain, a titan of industry. One day... (full context)
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Mr. Aldaya tells the disbelieving Fortuny that the boy is a genius and that he will secure... (full context)
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...is astonished by his sudden change of fortunes, by the palatial Aldaya compound, and by Mr. Aldaya ’s plans to buy him a new wardrobe and turn him into a banker. Mr.... (full context)
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In fact, Javier had also 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... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 28
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At this point, Jausà met Mr. Aldaya , whom he invited to his house to observe “a scientific and spiritual experiment.” He... (full context)
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Mr. Aldaya assumed this was a ruse on Gelabert’s part, but Jausà believed completely in the results.... (full context)
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Mr. Aldaya soon moved his family into the mansion, where Penélope was born. Although Mr. Aldaya denied... (full context)
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In 1922, Mr. Aldaya decided to sell The Angel of Mist, but was unable because of its bad reputation.... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 31
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...the house, Carax began to feign an interest in banking and to behave exactly as Mr. Aldaya wanted him to. In doing so he felt he was fundamentally changing himself and might... (full context)
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...she picked Jorge up from school and even telling him that she saw the licentious Mr. Aldaya chatting up Carax’s mother Sophie once. (full context)
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...own. Fortuny was deeply bitter about this as well, and one day presented himself at Mr. Aldaya ’s office to reclaim his son and demand the Aldayas relinquish their hold on him,... (full context)
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Mr. Aldaya organized a huge party for Jorge’s eighteenth birthday, to which Carax insisted Javier be invited.... (full context)
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By this time, graduation was approaching. Mr. Aldaya planned to initiate Carax into his firm, while Fortuny plotted to send him to the... (full context)
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...secret, but one day he was summarily expelled from San Gabriel’s. Returning home, Carax saw Mr. Aldaya ’s car leaving his family’s apartment building. (full context)
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Inside, Sophie told him that now Mr. Aldaya was cooperating with Fortuny to dispatch Carax to the army, and that he must flee... (full context)
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...turns out, Mrs. Aldaya had confined Penélope to the house and told her husband everything. Mr. Aldaya was so angry that the servants said he was “possessed by all the devils in... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 2
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...a fight, Miquel tells Nuria that in 1919, when Carax and Penélope’s affair was discovered, Mr. Aldaya locked Penélope in her room and forbade anyone to see her, especially after a doctor... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 3
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Sophie meets Mr. Aldaya in the grand house of one of her employers. They have an immediate connection, even... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 4
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Mr. Aldaya doesn’t arrive at the hat shop and meet Carax by chance, but rather because he... (full context)
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When Mr. Aldaya discovers his two children’s affair, he feels both humiliated that they’ve tricked him and horrified... (full context)
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Finally, Penélope gives birth to a stillborn boy. Because Mr. Aldaya doesn’t allow a doctor to help her, she dies alone of a hemorrhage, murdered by... (full context)