From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
If on a winter's night a traveler

If on a winter's night a traveler


by Italo Calvino

If on a winter's night a traveler: Characters (For the Most Part) True or False

1. Why doesn't Ludmilla want to accompany you to the publishing house? -> She feels like knowing how books are made will ruin reading for her.
2. Why does Ermes Marana produce counterfeit books? -> He is a cynic and believes in nothing more than the cash in his pocket.
3. Why does the book's final passage shift from calling Ludmilla the Other Reader to just Reader? -> Because you and Ludmilla are now on equal terms as man and woman
4. How does Lotaria act as a foil to her sister Ludmilla? -> While Ludmilla reads for pleasure, Lotaria reads to confirm what she already believes about the world.
5. According to Arkadian Porphyrich, what is the ironic secret to government censorship and suppression of books? -> Governments actually allow banned books into the country, so they'll still have something to suppress.