Flowering Judas


Katherine Anne Porter

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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:
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). 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.”

Related Characters: Laura (speaker), Braggioni, Eugenio
Page Number: 100
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Murderer! said Eugenio, and Cannibal! This is my body and my blood.

Related Characters: Eugenio (speaker), Laura
Related Symbols: The Judas Tree
Page Number: 102
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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.
Flowering Judas
Idealism vs. Reality Theme Icon
Laura tells Braggioni what’s been on her mind: the death of a prisoner named Eugenio, who took all the pills Laura brought him at once, rather than wait for Braggioni... (full context)
Idealism vs. Reality Theme Icon
Religion vs. Politics Theme Icon
Laura goes to sleep and dreams of a ghostly Eugenio, who calls her a murderer and tries to take her hand to lead her to... (full context)