Bernarda is a wonderful housekeeper to the protagonists and when they employ a tramp to work in their bookshop, he falls in love with her. The courtship is part of the beauty of the book. I like the notion of something being ‘thick enough to spread on toast’.
‘Bernarda affected a ceremonial tone that could not conceal a Cáceres accent thick enough to spread on toast.’
See also our celebration of this book, complete with a mosaic of illustrated quotations and metaphors.
Source: Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind, trans. Lucia Graves (London: Phoenix, 2012), p. 36
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