"Alejo had not guessed the bi plane was so close until its gray shadow crossed over him like a crucifix, and he ducked into the leaves," (76).
Petra and the Garlic
"With or without Estrella's help, he commited himself to tearing the barn down. The money was essential to get home before home became so distant, he wouldn't be able to remember his way back," (83).
The Family Takes Alejo to the Clinic
"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 left alone for many days while the others went off to work, leaving him breathing in the smell of fou; socks and loneliness," (98).
The Car and the Mud
"We need to take garlic," (110).
"All of this just to arrive at a heap of aluminium foil and missing tires," (135).
"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. Alejo lifted his head up and looked through the splattered rear window while petra held her breath," (130).