The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind

by

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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The Shadow of the Wind: The Waters of March Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Three months later, Bea and Daniel get married. Her family has agreed that there is no other way to avoid a scandal. Although Mr. Aguilar still dislikes Daniel, he says that Bea is “the only good thing I’ve ever done” and tells Daniel to take care of her. Father Fernando performs the wedding, since the regular priest won’t marry a pregnant woman.
While the Aldayas avoid scandal by essentially killing their daughter, the Aguilars consent to the marriage she wants. Although Bea’s narrative initially parallels Penélope’s, it diverges in the truly important places.
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The night before his wedding, Fermín tells a reluctant Daniel that he has organized a bachelor party. To fulfill the promise Daniel made long ago, he hires a prostitute and they drive up to the 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.
Jacinta has been trapped for years, reliving her memories of the past without ever seeing her beloved Penélope. Now, just as Carax is released from his past enemy and Daniel from the mystery that gripped him, Jacinta is released from the misfortunes that have plagued her tragic life.
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