Unformatted text preview: On his first day of school, Antonio wakes with a sick feeling in his stomach; his parents are bickering about his future, and it is only after he hears Ultima enter the kitchen that he can rouse himself. Breakfast is clouded by Gabriel's insistence that Antonio is a Márez and María's fierce claim that he is a Luna, reminding her husband that long ago, when Ultima offered the "objects of life" to Antonio, the baby chose a pen and paper. Seemingly, Antonio is destined to be a scholar. Gabriel reluctantly agrees, nostalgically recalling happier times — before there was education, or fences, or railroads, or roads — when there was only the vast, windy plains of the llano. Leaving for school and leaving his parents and Ultima behind is difficult; Antonio feels as though he will never see them again. Impulsively he dashes down the pebbled goat path toward the bridge and, will never see them again....
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08