Chencha is the De la Garza’s maid and Tita’s friend. She begins working at the ranch at a young age. She skillfully uses hard work and imaginative lies to manage Mama Elena’s cruel dominion. With the other women in the household, she likes to tell fantastical, astonishing stories. As a young woman, her parents separate her from her sweetheart, Jesús. While working at the ranch, she is raped by a rebel troop and suffers a terrible depression. Later, she reunites with Jesús and the two marry and have a baby. Chencha and Tita have a deep, loyal friendship that lasts through the years.
Chencha Quotes in Like Water for Chocolate
The Like Water for Chocolate quotes below are all either spoken by Chencha or refer to Chencha. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Anchor Books edition of Like Water for Chocolate published in 1995.).
Chapter 7: July Quotes
You know how men are. They all say they won’t eat off a plate that isn’t clean.
Chencha Character Timeline in Like Water for Chocolate
The timeline below shows where the character Chencha appears in Like Water for Chocolate. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: January – “Christmas Rolls.”
...says Tita isn’t available. She offers to let him marry her oldest daughter, Rosaura instead. Chencha, the maid, goes into the kitchen and angrily tells Tita and Nacha about Pedro’s proposal... (full context)
Chapter 2: February – “Chabela Wedding Cake.”
...Rosaura, but she refused to listen. She ran away, into the room where Gertrudis and Chencha were embroidering imported wedding sheets with a chastity opening so that the couple could have... (full context)
Chapter 4: April - “Turkey Mole with Almonds and Sesame Seeds”
Chapter 5: May – “Northern Style Chorizo”
Chapter 7: July – “Ox-Tail Soup”
Chapter 8: August – “Champandongo”
...raise a toast, but Pedro clinks his glass with so much aggression that it shatters. Chencha diffuses the ensuing confusion by calling everyone into dinner. John explains he must travel to... (full context)
...sees an explosion of colors coming from the storage room. She calls for Tita, but Chencha comes instead. They mistake the phenomenon for Mama Elena’s ghost, and Chencha prays for Mama... (full context)
Chapter 9: September – “Chocolate and Three Kings’ Day Bread”
...Gertrudis would come back to help her. Tita tries tell Pedro about her pregnancy, but Chencha interrupts to explain that their neighbors, the Loboses, have arrived. Mama Elena’s ghost glares at... (full context)
...troop joins Tita’s family and their neighbors as they celebrate the bread and chocolate, with Chencha working to feed everyone. Gertrudis relishes the chocolate, which brings back memories and fills her... (full context)
Chapter 11: November – “Beans with Chile Tezcucana Style”