A prisoner who dies in prison of an overdose, Eugenio barely appears in the story as himself. Rather, his main importance is his appearance in Laura’s dream, where he bids her eat the Judas Flower, telling her that it is his “body and blood,” which invokes the Eucharist. Unwilling to wait for Braggioni’s machinations to free him, Eugenio takes the entirety of the pills that Laura has provided with him and dies before the guards can find him. Braggioni calls him a fool and is glad to be rid of him, but for Laura, who nurses extreme guilt for her part in his death, Eugenio becomes something of a martyr, a figure of purity and deliverance.
Eugenio Quotes in Flowering Judas
The Flowering Judas quotes below are all either spoken by Eugenio or refer to Eugenio. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harcourt edition of Flowering Judas published in 1979.).
Flowering Judas Quotes
“Today, I found Eugenio going into a stupor. He refused to allow me to call the prison doctor. He had taken all the tablets I brought him yesterday. He said he took them because he was bored.”
Eugenio Character Timeline in Flowering Judas
The timeline below shows where the character Eugenio appears in Flowering Judas. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.