The Mexican village that Latour is led to by his horses is called Aqua Secreta, or Hidden Water. He is hosted by the kindly Benito and his family. Benito tells Latour that the Virgin Mary must have led the priest from his path in order for him to baptize the village children and sanctify the marriages. Many of the marriages in the village have not been blessed by Catholic clergy due to the expense charged by the priest in Albuquerque.The people of the village are distrustful of the American government. They believe that their land will be taken from them. Benito's eldest grandson, Jose, tells Latour that he does not consider the people of the village to be American, and that he considers Americans to be infidels. Latour disputes this belief, telling Jose that many Americans in the north are devout Catholics. Jose says that Americans destroyed Catholic churches in the war with Mexico. Because they are simple folk and
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