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Quote #1

Gabriel, they shouted, you have a fine son! He will make a fine Vaquero! (1.70)

Anaya wastes no time showing that Antonio's father's family put their claim on Antonio from the moment he was born. He does the same for the Luna just a few lines later. This is one of the major struggles that dominates Antonio's life.

Quote #2

Mother of God, make my fourth son a priest. (4.217)

This is from another dream in which Antonio sees his destiny laid out before him by someone else. How does Anaya use Antonio's dreams to help define Antonio as a character throughout the novel?

Quote #3

"In that one there is hope," I heard my uncle Juan say to mother. I knew he talked about me. (5.124-125)

Sheesh, talk about pressure. It's not just that certain people want him to do certain things; it's that they see him as a hope to secure the future of their people. That's a lot to deal with when you're still worrying about stuff like passing first or second grade.

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