The novel The Moon and The Bonfires by Cesare Pavese is told through the eyes of the narrator. Throughout the book, the narrator describes three different levels of experience, his present, his past, and his recent past. A central part of the narrator's experience deals with Sor Matteo’s three daughters, Sylvia, Irene and Santina.
The narrator's recollections of the time he worked on Sor Matteo's lands are not pleasant ones. Furthermore, the narrator has many recollections about Sor Matteo's three daughters and their unhappiness.
Sylvia, the middle child, has dark hair and is described as vibrant and flirtatious. She is quite the opposite of Irene, who is described as blonde and meek. Sylvia is talkative and a bit more wild, as she enjoys riding on her boyfriend's motorcycle. Sylvia has many love affairs and, unfortunately, dies due to hemorrhaging after a botched abortion.