After his father rides away to fetch Ultima

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After his father rides away to fetch Ultima, Antonio is saddened to think that soon he will begin  school and will be separated from his mother, who is insisting that he and his sisters exhibit model  behavior and great respect when Ultima arrives — especially Antonio, for he is destined, she says, to  become a priest — a vocation that makes Antonio anxious and uncomfortable. Upon Ultima's arrival, Antonio impulsively calls her by name — instead of "la Grande" — but Ultima  insists that the boy means no disrespect, and she implies that she and Antonio share a special bond.  Ultima brings her owl with her — a most unique owl, for it hoots only in a soft, songlike way, lulling  the M á rez family to sleep that night. The novel begins with a mature Antonio serving as a raconteur, or storyteller, recalling his youth. 
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