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Bless Me, Ultima | Study Guide

Rudolfo A. Anaya

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Chapter Summary
Chapters 1–2 Ultima, the elderly curandera, or healer, will be coming to live with the Márez family. Before Ultima arrives, Antonio... Read More
Chapters 3–5 Antonio is cut and bruised after fleeing his hiding place in the riverside reeds. As he heals, Antonio wonders, "Where... Read More
Chapters 6–8 It is the first day of school, and Antonio is nervous about being away from his mother's protection. He is both excite... Read More
Chapters 9–10 Antonio has a dream in which three ominous figures (his brothers) beckon him to enter a brothel. Rosie opens the door ... Read More
Chapter 11 (Once) Antonio is asleep on the riverbank. He's awakened by Cico who asks him if he's ever fished for carp. Antonio says no, an... Read More
Chapters 12–13 Antonio's father, Gabriel, is taking his older sons' departure hard. He's drinking more to dull his conviction that hi... Read More
Chapter 14 (Catorce) It's fall, and Antonio is returning to school. He meets his friends at the bridge and, as always, the Kid beats him in... Read More
Chapters 15–17 Antonio is recovering from pneumonia. He learns Narciso's death has been ruled accidental or self-inflicted because of... Read More
Chapters 18–19 Antonio and all the town's Catholics go to church on Ash Wednesday to repent of their sins. Antonio thinks of death ("... Read More
Chapters 20–21 Despite taking communion each Saturday and going to mass every Sunday, Antonio "was not satisfied," because God is not... Read More
Chapter 22 (Veintidós) The night after Florence dies Antonio has a dream. He sees three figures to whom he's given Acts of Contrition: Narcis... Read More
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