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Unformatted text preview: One day in late August, while Antonio and Ultima are searching the hills for wild herbs and roots, he learns that even plants have spirits and that they must be told why they are being harvested; he is deeply impressed by Ultima's wisdom and begins to repeat her chants and imitate her walk. Sometime later, Ultima tries to explain to him why his mother's people and his father's people are so different; she likens the Lunas to the continually orbiting moon and the Márez to the restless, ever- changing ocean. Although Antonio lives on vast, empty plains, he is enchanted by both the moon and the ocean. Which will be his destiny? Later, during prayer time at home, he discerns a similar duality of contrasts between God, who is stern and not always forgiving, and the Virgin, who is loving and always forgiving. That night, he dreams that his mother is fervently praying to the Virgin, asking and always forgiving....
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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