In the morning, despite their parents' pleas, Eugene and León leave. Andrew stays behind because he knows how deeply his mother suffers the loss of her two sons. Soon he and Antonio set out — Andrew for a job at a grocery, Antonio to school. On the way, they talk of loss; Andrew says that he lost his innocence in the war; it is too late for him to become a priest. Antonio again wonders about his own innocence and when he will suffer its loss.That spring, Antonio does so well in the first grade that he discovers, on the last day of school, that Miss Maestas hag promoted him to the third grade. He is jubilant as he meets Samuel, who suggests they go fishing. Their poles set, Samuel tells Antonio that it is bad luck to fish for carp
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golden carp, Antonio, Miss Maestas hag, León leave. Andrew