A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

The Neighbor Woman Character Analysis

When Elisenda and Pelayo find the old man, they go to the old lady next door for advice. While she has a reputation for being wise, she comes across cruel and petty and somewhat silly in her beliefs. She does recognize that the old man might be an angel, but she says that angels are “fugitive survivors of a celestial conspiracy” and therefore they should “club him to death.”
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The Neighbor Woman Character Timeline in A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

The timeline below shows where the character The Neighbor Woman appears in A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
Patience, Empathy, and Cruelty Theme Icon
...his wings, they conclude that he’s a shipwrecked foreign sailor, but they consult their wise neighbor to be sure. The neighbor tells them their “mistake”: the man is an angel who... (full context)
Patience, Empathy, and Cruelty Theme Icon
Faith, Religion, and Morality Theme Icon
While the neighbor believes that they should club the angel to death because angels are “fugitive survivors of... (full context)