Don Pepe is Nayeli's father. He used to be the only policeman in Tres Camarones, and he adored his daughter. He enrolled her in karate so that she'd learn how to take care of herself, though Nayeli believes that he desperately wanted a son. Three years before the start of the novel, Don Pepe left Tres Camarones to take a job in Kankakee, Illinois. Though he began by sending money home, after he sent a final postcard, he stopped writing entirely. Nayeli idolizes her father and thinks that he'll surely agree to come back to Tres Camarones once he sees Nayeli again. However, when Nayeli finally tracks him down in Kankakee, she learns that he has a wife or girlfriend and a toddler. She decides not to confront him, but she leaves the postcard tucked under his truck's windshield wiper for him to find.
Don Pepe Quotes in Into the Beautiful North
The Into the Beautiful North quotes below are all either spoken by Don Pepe or refer to Don Pepe. 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 Little, Brown and Company edition of Into the Beautiful North published in 2010.).
Chapter 7 Quotes
Chapter 25 Quotes
Don Pepe Character Timeline in Into the Beautiful North
The timeline below shows where the character Don Pepe appears in Into the Beautiful North. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...fetches the crabbing supplies from the storage boxes, as Irma tells Nayeli's mother that if Don Pepe had come to the lagoon before he left, he would've stayed. Nayeli's mother sadly replies,... (full context)
...will ruin her week's plans. Finally Vampi agrees and suggests that Nayeli can find her father while they're there. All three girls sit, stunned by the plan. They decide that they'll... (full context)
...a cookie, and soon, a Mexican-American officer shows up. Nayeli explains she's looking for her father, and the cop dials around as Mary-Jo says brightly that she loves Mexico. After a... (full context)
...tells her that she's going to tell her mother that she simply didn't find her father, and Mary-Jo offers her apologies. Mary-Jo helps them purchase their tickets to San Diego, and... (full context)