Breaking Night

Carlos Marcano Character Analysis

Carlos Marcano is a charismatic but somewhat sinister character, with whom Liz quickly becomes enamored. A handsome, confident young man, he dazzles Liz, as well as Sam, with his humor and intelligence. Carlos claims to be waiting on an inheritance from his family; he even brags that when his inheritance comes in, he’ll buy an apartment and live with Sam and Liz. However, Liz begins to realize that Carlos is a drug dealer, as well as a user—and, as a result of his addiction, he’s an unreliable, volatile person. Liz also begins to realize that Carlos, despite claiming that he only loves Liz, is in relationships with other women. In many ways, Carlos is a younger version of Liz’s own father: smart, witty, handsome. Like her mother before her, Liz is tempted to enter into a life of drug addiction, tethered to a likeable but basically untrustworthy figure. Unlike her mother, however, Liz makes the difficult choice to leave Carlos and take more responsibility for her own future.

Carlos Marcano Quotes in Breaking Night

The Breaking Night quotes below are all either spoken by Carlos Marcano or refer to Carlos Marcano. 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:
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Chapter 7 Quotes

"Who was that?" I'd do my best not to sound accusing. Always it was a cousin, a neighbor, or a friend's girlfriend.
"My friend's girl, ain't she a sweetheart," he'd explain. "I might check them for dinner, she just gave me the address." And always, the explanation was a concrete wall that I could not penetrate. The more I persisted, the more I might draw attention to myself. Better to let it slide; he cared about me, I was certain.

Related Characters: Elizabeth “Liz” Murray (speaker), Carlos Marcano (speaker)
Page Number: 189
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Chapter 8 Quotes

There was no pain involved, only the weight of his heavy body, the strong smell of latex and of his hot breath. To my surprise, my first thought was that being with him was emptier that I'd expected, more function than joy.

Related Characters: Elizabeth “Liz” Murray (speaker), Carlos Marcano
Page Number: 204
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In the center of the foil, ever so faint and small, I found tiny specks of white powder.
"Sam! Sam."
"Yeah."
"Don't flush. Be quiet and look at this. . . . He's on coke."

Related Characters: Elizabeth “Liz” Murray (speaker), Samantha / Sam (speaker), Carlos Marcano
Page Number: 224
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Chapter 10 Quotes

Turns out people could just vanish. I couldn't help but sit there and think about the woman who'd been murdered a few feet from my room. How had she gotten there, in a seedy motel room with a violent man who claimed he loved her? And was I really any different?

Related Characters: Elizabeth “Liz” Murray (speaker), Carlos Marcano
Page Number: 238
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Carlos Marcano Character Timeline in Breaking Night

The timeline below shows where the character Carlos Marcano appears in Breaking Night. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: Boys
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Sam and Liz make a new friend: a boy named Carlos Marcano. Carlos is handsome and confident, and the first time he ever meets Liz, he... (full context)
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Carlos turns out to be a funny, charming boy. He tells elaborate stories about his adventures... (full context)
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Liz is infatuated with Carlos, and for the next few months she tries to pursue him by any means necessary.... (full context)
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...with a mother who was dying of AIDS, the truancy officer, and her infatuation with Carlos. (full context)
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One night, Carlos visits Liz at her apartment, and sees Ma suffering from the symptoms of AIDS. Instead... (full context)
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Soon after Liz starts dating Carlos, Sam starts dating a twenty-year-old named Oscar. Carlos talks about inheriting money after his mother... (full context)
Chapter 7: Breaking Night
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...shower and nap. They talk about moving out to California sometime soon. In the meantime, Carlos promises to stick with them until his “money came through.” (full context)
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...in Manhattan). Sometimes they steal food from diners and sometimes they ask strangers for money. Carlos introduces the girls to people in the Village, who give them food and advice for... (full context)
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...Liz can’t stop thinking about her parents and Lisa. She also begins to worry when Carlos spends longer amounts of time away from her. Sam advises her to give Carlos some... (full context)
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The next night, Liz sees Carlos for the first time in a while. Carlos is wearing new clothes, and he has... (full context)
Chapter 8: The Motels
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Liz, Sam, and Carlos leave the city and check into a motel. The weather is getting cold, so they... (full context)
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Liz asks Carlos why he disappeared for so long. Carlos explains that he needed to clear his head... (full context)
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The three friends go out for a night on the town, and Carlos charms Liz and Sam by ordering them expensive food from a local dim sum restaurant.... (full context)
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Over the next few weeks, Carlos becomes the leader of his group, in large part because he’s newly wealthy. He makes... (full context)
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Suspicious, Liz calls one of the real estate numbers Carlos wrote down. When she does, a woman picks up the phone: she says that she’s... (full context)
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Carlos, Liz, and Sam go to a nearby café. As they eat, Liz notices her own... (full context)
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Later that night, Carlos decides to take Liz out to cheer her up. They go to a fancy restaurant,... (full context)
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For the next three weeks, Liz puts off visiting Ma again. She, Carlos, and Sam stay in a hotel while they look for an apartment. One day, Carlos... (full context)
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The next day, Sam and Liz wake up early to the sound of Carlos entering the room. Carlos greets them, but doesn’t make eye contact with Sam. Liz demands... (full context)
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For the next few days, Liz avoids Carlos whenever possible. She’s been trying to escape her drug-addicted parents, only to end up with... (full context)
Chapter 10: The Wall
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...after Liz and her family bury Ma, Liz stops sleeping. She has horrible nightmares. Furthermore, Carlos has begun calling other women on the phone within earshot of Liz, which makes Liz... (full context)
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Liz, Carlos, and Sam celebrate New Year’s Eve together. The next day—the first day of 1997—Carlos disappears.... (full context)
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Carlos and Liz drive to their new home, a “crash place” motel. Liz suggests that they... (full context)
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Disturbed by the news of the stabbing, Liz walks out of Carlos’s motel room and finds a payphone. She calls her friend Jamie and asks if she... (full context)