"With the help of Perfecto Flores, Gumecindo carried his cousin into the bungalow and lay him on the pile of blankets which made up a bed. After Petra propped a pillow for him, Alejo already felt better. He had been alone for days...," (98).
Estrella Uses a Crowbar to Smash the Nurse's Desk
Give me the money now!
"Petra split the bulging cloves of the clouds, smelled them, made sure their scent pricked her nose, felt the crinkly paper skin. These would be crushed with milk for stomachache tonics, these would be pickled with a little vinegar and stored in the shade and would ease the knots of her veins," (112-113).
Petra Breaks the Statue of Christ
My precious statue!
"Now let's take care of this sweet thing. Can you stand on the scale for me, can you ask him if he can stand on the scale for me? -He's the spelling bee champ of Hidalgo County, he understands English," (139).
The Deadly Tar Pits
"Estrella slammed the crowbar down on the desk, shattering the school pictures of the nurse's children, sending the pencils flying to the floor, and breaking the porcelain cat with a nurse's cap into pieces. The nurse dropped her purse, shielded her face with her hands," (149).
"The head of Jesucristo broke from His neck and when His eyes stared up at her like pools of dark ominous water, she felt a wave of anger swelling against her chest," (167).
"She remembered the tar pits. Energy money, the fossilized bones of energy matter. How bones made oil and oil made gasoline... it was their bones that kept the nurse's car from not halting...," (148). The tar pits foreshadow Alejo's death as he becomes weak due to pesticide poisoning. Alejo is trapped with no way out of death, just like how he is trapped as a migrant worker.