Like Water for Chocolate

Pedro Musquiz Character Analysis

Pedro is the son of don Pascual Musquiz. He is Tita’s childhood sweetheart and remains in love with her throughout his life. He is also the husband of her sister, Rosaura, and the father of two children, Roberto and Esperanza. As a young man, Pedro is afraid of showing disrespect, and instead seeks discreet opportunities to be with Tita. As he gets older, he becomes more jealous and possessive of Tita, as well as more fearless in his expressions of love. He is a complex character, who at times acts with self-restraint and consideration, and at other times acts rashly, aggressively, and selfishly.

Pedro Musquiz Quotes in Like Water for Chocolate

The Like Water for Chocolate quotes below are all either spoken by Pedro Musquiz or refer to Pedro Musquiz. 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 2: February Quotes

She felt like screaming. Yes, she was having problems, when they had chosen something to be neutered, they’d made a mistake, they should have chosen her. At least then there would be some justification for not allowing her to marry and giving Rosaura her place beside the man she loved.

Page Number: 27
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Chapter 3: March Quotes

Mama Elena’s eyes were as sharp as ever and she knew what would happen if Pedro and Tita ever got the chance to be alone […] She had let one little thing slip past her: With Nacha dead, Tita was the best qualified of all the women in the house to fill the vacant post in the kitchen, and in there flavors, smells, textures and the effects they could have were beyond Mama Elena’s iron command.

Page Number: 48
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It was as if a strange alchemical process had dissolved her entire being in the rose petal sauce, in the tender flesh of the quails, in the wine, in every one of the meal’s aromas. That was the way she entered Pedro’s body, hot, voluptuous, perfumed, totally sensuous.

Related Characters: The Narrator (speaker), Tita de la Garza, Gertrudis, Pedro Musquiz
Related Symbols: Heat and Fire
Page Number: 52
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Chapter 4: April Quotes

She stopped grinding, straightened up, and proudly lifted her chest so Pedro could see it better. His scrutiny changed their relationship forever. After that penetrating look that saw through clothes, nothing would ever be the same. Tita saw through her own flesh how fire transformed the elements, how a lump of corn flour is changed into a tortilla, how a soul that hasn’t been warmed by the fire of love is lifeless, like a useless ball of corn flour. In a few moment’s time, Pedro had transformed Tita’s breasts from chaste to experienced flesh, without even touching them.

Related Characters: The Narrator (speaker), Tita de la Garza, Pedro Musquiz
Related Symbols: Heat and Fire
Page Number: 67
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Chapter 7: July Quotes

Tita was beginning to wonder if the feeling of peace and security that John gave her wasn’t true love, and not the agitation and anxiety she felt when she was with Pedro.

Related Characters: The Narrator (speaker), Tita de la Garza, Pedro Musquiz, Dr. John Brown
Page Number: 131
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Chapter 8: August Quotes

Tita was literally “like water for chocolate” – she was on the verge of boiling over. How irritable she was!

Related Characters: The Narrator (speaker), Tita de la Garza, Rosaura, Pedro Musquiz
Page Number: 151
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Pedro! What are you doing here?
Without answering, Pedro went to her, extinguished the lamp, pulled her to a brass bed that had once belonged to her sister, Gertrudis, and throwing himself upon her, caused her to lose her virginity and learn of true love.

Related Characters: Tita de la Garza (speaker), The Narrator (speaker), Gertrudis, Pedro Musquiz
Page Number: 158
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Chapter 10: October Quotes

The truth! The truth! Look, Tita, the simple truth is that the truth does not exist; it all depends on a person’s point of view. For example, in your case, the truth could be that Rosaura married Pedro, showing no loyalty, not caring a damn that you really loved him, that’s the truth, isn’t it?

Related Characters: Gertrudis (speaker), Tita de la Garza, Rosaura, Pedro Musquiz
Page Number: 190
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Chapter 11: November Quotes

I, I have some self-respect left! Let him go to a loose woman like you for his filthy needs, but here’s the thing; in this house, I intend to go on being his wife. And in the eyes of everybody else too. Because the day someone sees you two, and I end up looking ridiculous again, I swear that you’re going to be very sorry.

Related Characters: Rosaura (speaker), Tita de la Garza, Pedro Musquiz
Page Number: 214
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Tita, it doesn’t matter to me what you did, there are some things in life that shouldn’t be given so much importance, if they don’t change what is essential. What you’ve told me hasn’t changed the way I think; I’ll say again, I would be delighted to be your companion for the rest of your life – but you must think over very carefully whether I am the man for you or not. If your answer is yes, we will celebrate our wedding in a few days. If it’s no, I will be the first to congratulate Pedro and ask him to give you the respect you deserve.

Related Characters: Dr. John Brown (speaker), Tita de la Garza, Pedro Musquiz
Page Number: 223
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Chapter 12: December Quotes

Little by little her vision began to brighten until the tunnel again appeared before her eyes. There at its entrance was the luminous figure of Pedro waiting for her. Tita did not hesitate. She let herself go to the encounter, and they wrapped each other in a long embrace; again experiencing an amorous climax, they left together for the lost Eden. Never again would they be apart.

Related Characters: The Narrator (speaker), Tita de la Garza, Rosaura, Pedro Musquiz, Esperanza
Related Symbols: Heat and Fire
Page Number: 245
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Pedro Musquiz Character Timeline in Like Water for Chocolate

The timeline below shows where the character Pedro Musquiz appears in Like Water for Chocolate. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: January – “Christmas Rolls.”
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Before Christmas, when Tita is sixteen, she tells her mother that a young man, Pedro, wants to come speak with her. Mama Elena assumes he wants to ask for Tita’s... (full context)
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Pedro surprises Tita and Mama Elena by showing up at their ranch with his father, Don... (full context)
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That night Tita lies awake, devastated. She remembers when she first met Pedro during a party at her home the Christmas before. When he looked at her from... (full context)
Chapter 2: February – “Chabela Wedding Cake.”
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...the Chabela wedding cake, which Tita and Nacha are baking in preparation for Rosaura and Pedro’s wedding. Tita shakes with nausea, as each of the 170 eggs she breaks and beats... (full context)
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...the day she carried the apricots in her skirt from the garden. She ran into Pedro, who stared at her exposed legs, and she dropped the fruits. He tried to explain... (full context)
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...they failed to do. In the reception line at the wedding, Tita congratulates Rosaura and Pedro. Pedro pulls her near, telling her he has only married Rosaura so that he could... (full context)
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...hall floor, covering Rosaura’s wedding dress. Even Rosaura get sick, and that night, she and Pedro agree not to have relations until they both recover. When Tita returns home, she finds... (full context)
Chapter 3: March – “Quail in Rose Petal Sauce”
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...effects they could have were beyond Mama Elena’s iron command.” A year after the wedding, Pedro brings Tita roses. Rosaura, pregnant with their first child, cries when she realizes the roses... (full context)
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...whole family. Now, when the family sits down to eat the quail in rose petals, Pedro compliments the “exquisite” taste of Tita’s food, despite Mama Elena’s disapproval. Rosaura, stricken with morning... (full context)
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...is so hot that the water evaporates in the air before it can reach her. Pedro and Tita stand on the patio, speechlessly watching the scene. The rose-scented cloud then magically... (full context)
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Pedro and Tita linger on the porch. Tita wants to tell Pedro to run away with... (full context)
Chapter 4: April - “Turkey Mole with Almonds and Sesame Seeds”
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...is preparing to celebrate the baptism of her new nephew, Roberto. Tita’s immense love for Pedro and Rosaura’s baby surprises her. When Pedro hears the sounds and smells the aroma of... (full context)
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...hearts to eat them. Now, however, Tita’s mind is fully occupied with her thoughts of Pedro. Unaware that Mama Elena had forbidden Pedro from complimenting her cooking, Tita had begun to... (full context)
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Rosaura goes into labor, and Pedro goes to get Dr. Brown. Mama Elena and Chencha travel to get supplies they will... (full context)
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...eat anything, Roberto reaches for Tita’s breast—and to her surprise, she begins to produce milk. Pedro walks in and sees her. He isn’t surprised at all, but is filled with tenderness,... (full context)
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...have her own children, as she feels like she already has her own family in Pedro and Roberto. Everyone at the baptism feels strangely hopeful and cheerful after eating Tita’s turkey... (full context)
Chapter 5: May – “Northern Style Chorizo”
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...and occupied only with feeding worms to a baby pigeon ever since Mama Elena sent Pedro, Rosaura, and Roberto to San Antonio. They must use every part of the pig, as... (full context)
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...long before. Tita had awoken in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. Pedro approached her in the dark and pulled her close, covering her mouth. At first afraid,... (full context)
Chapter 7: July – “Ox-Tail Soup”
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...she believes she feels for John Brown. At that moment, Tita is surprised to see Pedro and a fully pregnant Rosaura approaching from a distance. Rosaura hugs Tita, crying profusely. Pedro... (full context)
Chapter 8: August – “Champandongo”
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...from Rosaura’s grief. John performed the dangerous delivery, which required an operation removing Rosaura’s uterus. Pedro wanted to name the baby after Tita, but Tita feared the baby would inherit her... (full context)
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...happy because John is coming over to officially propose marriage. Tita has been fighting with Pedro, who has been storming around, begging her not to marry John. Tita is annoyed at... (full context)
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While taking a shower, Tita feels the water get magically hot, and realizes that Pedro is watching her between the shower boards. She runs to her room. While getting dressed,... (full context)
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...emotions. In the storage room that used to be Mama Elena’s bathing room, she feels Pedro sneak up on her. Locking the door, he pushes her on the bed, “causing her... (full context)
Chapter 9: September – “Chocolate and Three Kings’ Day Bread”
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...fruit and a porcelain doll hidden inside. She is miserable, believing she is pregnant with Pedro’s baby. She remembers making the chocolate and bread during holiday seasons past. She mourns the... (full context)
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...to make wishes as a child. She makes the wish that she had never met Pedro, that Mama Elena’s ghost would go away, and that Gertrudis would come back to help... (full context)
Chapter 10: October – “Cream Fritters”
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...or that she can see Rosaura as the long-running interceptor between Tita’s true love with Pedro. Gertrudis mentions Tita’s pregnancy when she sees Pedro approaching, forcing Tita to go outside and... (full context)
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At hearing the news, Pedro happily suggests they run away together. Tita tells Pedro they must think about Rosaura and... (full context)
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Tita hears Pedro drunkenly singing to her from outside, accompanied by Juan on the guitar. Tita panics, worried... (full context)
Chapter 11: November – “Beans with Chile Tezcucana Style”
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...feels empty. Chencha has just had a baby, so Tita is alone. She has nursed Pedro for a week while putting off John’s visit. Tita believes Pedro is acting “contrary to... (full context)
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...of true love. They delve into a bitter fight over who has a right to Pedro. Rosaura swears that she won’t sleep with Pedro again because of his depravity, but that... (full context)
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...cook, and to make them happy you should sing. Tita wonders whether she should abandon Pedro to start a family with John. As she sings a love song, her memories of... (full context)
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...that she choose the man who will make her happiest, whether it is him or Pedro. (full context)
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...his character, and is also surprised that he has deduced the other man to be Pedro. Overwhelmed, she excuses herself to cry outside. Throughout the rest of the dinner with Aunt... (full context)
Chapter 12: December: “Chiles in Walnut Sauce.”
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...preparations, and now lays his clothes out for the following day, “filled with strong emotion.” Pedro, in contrast, has been in a terribly jealous mood. When John came over to help... (full context)
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...dead for a year, and then tells the story of her death. One night, when Pedro went to go say goodnight to Rosaura, he heard a loud episode of flatulence from... (full context)
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...Esperanza, using an old family recipe and the wedding ink left over from Rosaura and Pedro’s wedding. (full context)
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At the wedding, Pedro and Tita request that the band play the old waltz, “The Eyes of Youth.” The... (full context)
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The narrator explains that for twenty years, Pedro and Tita had kept their love hidden. Out of fear of public scrutiny and the... (full context)
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...boiling oil.” Upon hearing this, Tita knew they would be “bound together forever.” Tita and Pedro pleaded with Rosaura to change her mind about continuing the family tradition regarding the youngest... (full context)
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The narrator describes a previous argument that Pedro and Tita had with Rosaura year before, when Rosaura refused to let her daughter go... (full context)
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...until she died.” In her fits of rage, she broke the arrangement she had with Pedro and Tita by “hurling curses” at them for all the pain their relationship had caused... (full context)
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At the wedding, everyone compliments Tita and Pedro for their fine job of raising Esperanza and for her excellent choice in Alex, who... (full context)
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...permission to go and find her husband at once. Seeing the passion between Tita and Pedro, John leaves too. Tita wishes John had found someone to love after her, but he... (full context)
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Hundreds of burning candles surrounds the brass bed, which Tita and Pedro each think the other has prepared. Neither sees the ghost of Nacha as she lights... (full context)