The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind

by

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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Sophie is Julian Carax’s mother, a shy woman made timid and afraid by her abusive husband. While she loves her son, she’s unable to help him against his domineering father, leaving him to fight his own battles from a very young age. She also keeps secret the fact that Mr. Aldaya is Carax’s biological father, even when she finds out about her son’s involvement with his own half-sister.

Sophie Carax Quotes in The Shadow of the Wind

The The Shadow of the Wind quotes below are all either spoken by Sophie Carax or refer to Sophie Carax. 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
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Sophie Carax Character Timeline in The Shadow of the Wind

The timeline below shows where the character Sophie Carax appears in The Shadow of the Wind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
City of Shadows: Chapter 15
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Doña Aurora also divulges that Fortuny beat his wife regularly, and that the wife, Sophie, told one of her neighbors that Julian wasn’t Fortuny’s biological son. She says Fortuny was... (full context)
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The apartment is now entrusted to the care of Sophie’s lawyer, whom Doña Aurora believes visits the apartment at night, possibly with women. A mysterious... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 16
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...a young woman and his own erstwhile sexual prowess. He gives Daniel the name of Sophie Carax’s lawyer, José María Requejo, as well as his office address and the PO box... (full context)
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According to Mr. Molins, Fortuny met Sophie Carax when he was getting old and impatient to be married. He chose Sophie, a... (full context)
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Having grown up in an abusive household himself, Fortuny immediately started beating Sophie, who in turn refused to name the baby’s father no matter how much he hit... (full context)
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Sophie delivered the baby with the assistance of neighbors, and begged Fortuny to treat him as... (full context)
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...useless idiot and asked God why he had been punished with such a son. Meanwhile, Sophie chafed inside her loveless marriage but saw no way to leave, especially with her son... (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 25
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...will drag his son away from him. He takes out his rage by yelling at Sophie. (full context)
City of Shadows: Chapter 31
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...and even telling him that she saw the licentious Mr. Aldaya chatting up Carax’s mother Sophie once. (full context)
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Meanwhile, Sophie disliked Carax’s increasing absorption into the Aldaya family and growing distance from his own. Fortuny... (full context)
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...preoccupied with Penélope to think about the future. He was also worried to discover that Sophie sometimes met secretly with Mr. Aldaya, although Mr. Aldaya claimed it was only to consult... (full context)
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Inside, Sophie told him that now Mr. Aldaya was cooperating with Fortuny to dispatch Carax to the... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 2
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...she sent it to the Fortuny apartment, Miquel goes there to retrieve the letter from Sophie, only to find that Sophie has left her husband and that Fortuny has completely disowned... (full context)
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Viçeneta, Sophie’s only friend, informs Miquel that she’s staying in an obscure boardinghouse and waiting for a... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 3
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When she arrives in Barcelona as a young woman, Sophie has to eke out a living as a piano teacher for arrogant and rude young... (full context)
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Sophie meets Mr. Aldaya in the grand house of one of her employers. They have an... (full context)
Nuria Monfort: Chapter 11
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...strategy that Carax once wrote about in a novel, writing as a fictitious lawyer to Sophie in South America and asking for authorization to assume temporary ownership of the Fortuny apartment.... (full context)