"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 the nurse's cap into pieces," (149).
Estrella Sees Perfecto Cry
"They stood by the side of the road and waited. Perfecto gunned the motor and the tire spun. Arnulfo crossed his fingers. The twins covered their ears... But the tire only spun deeper into the hole, the rocks and twigs spitting from beneath..." (130).
Alejo is Sprayed with Pesticides
"The roof tilted downward and she felt gravity pulling but did not lose her footing. The termite-softened shakes crunched beneath her bare feet like the serpent under the feet of Jesus, and a few pieces tumbled down and over the edge of the barn. No longer did she feel her blouse damp with sweat. No longer did she stumble blindly," (175).
Perfecto Starts to Tear Down the Barn
"He wanted to rest, to lay down and never get up, and he pressed his hands to his face. She thought he was crying. He rubbed his eyes under his bifocals and folded his arms again. He knew Petra would tell him tonight," (161).
"What the...? They're spraying! But Alejo couldn't hear Gumecindo's response because the drone of the motor like the snapping of rubber bands drowned out his words. Run! Alejo screamed, struggling to get himself down from the tree, Get the fu*k out of here!" (76)
"We need the money. We need to tear the barn down before the Foreman gives the job to someone else, Estrella said. Puta Madre, he grunted, as if the two words incanted painkillers," (127).