Make Your Home Among Strangers

by

Jennine Capó Crucet

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Caridaylis Character Analysis

Caridaylis is Ariel Hernandez’s cousin. A young woman not much older than Lizet, Caridaylis becomes Ariel’s primary caretaker and most fierce protector during his stay in the United States. It is eventually revealed that Caridaylis and Lourdes have an extremely close relationship—discovering this fact makes Lizet feel as if her mother has tried to replace her not just with Ariel but Caridaylis, too.

Caridaylis Quotes in Make Your Home Among Strangers

The Make Your Home Among Strangers quotes below are all either spoken by Caridaylis or refer to Caridaylis. 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 Picador edition of Make Your Home Among Strangers published in 2015.
Chapter 20 Quotes

—You don't know shit about sacrifice. You don't know shit about shit!

—Zoila's right, you only care about Ariel because what else do you have going on?

She shoved me again and the room spun […]she was letting me fall. So I reached back instead and caught myself, slid my hands against the sandpaper of the wall, pressed my spine against it and sank to the ground, my butt hitting the floor too fast and too hard.

—You can go to whatever college for as long as you want, but about some things, you'll always be fucking stupid, she said.

She tossed the paper at me on the floor and said, You think you have problems? You, your sister, your idiot tía out there? You made your problems.

She turned her back to me and walked out of the room, screaming as she left, Nobody has any idea what Ariel and Caridaylis are going through right this second, but I do. I know what it means to lose so much. None of you know shit because you haven't sacrificed shit for anyone. Selfish pigs, that's what you and your sister are.

Related Characters: Lizet Ramirez (speaker), Lourdes Ramirez (Lizet’s Mother) (speaker), Leidy Ramirez, Caridaylis, Zoila
Related Symbols: Ariel Hernandez
Page Number: 201
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Chapter 23 Quotes

[…] Did you see that? There’s something so special in her. God bless her, she is trying so hard.

[…] My mom knew I was the first student from Hialeah Lakes to go to Rawlings even though she never acknowledged it. In the grand scheme of human achievement, I recognize this is not a big deal, but still, when I eventually showed Mami the acceptance letter and pointed out the handwritten note near the bottom stating I was the first, she’d said, Maybe you’re just the first one who ever applied? […]

—Mom, I said. It's not the first time someone’s taken care of a kid. I mean, I get it, but it's not like what she’s doing is actually that hard. She's – she's a glorified babysitter.

She released my arm, almost threw it back at me. Her now-shut mouth, the way she rolled her shoulders to push out her chest, the ugly flash of a tendon in her neck: I knew then this was the wrong thing to say. I didn't even really believe it, but I needed to say it to her. I was trying hard. What I was doing was fucking hard. My mom stared at me so long that her eyes seemed to shake in her head.

Related Characters: Lizet Ramirez (speaker), Lourdes Ramirez (Lizet’s Mother) (speaker), Caridaylis
Related Symbols: Ariel Hernandez
Page Number: 239
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Caridaylis Character Timeline in Make Your Home Among Strangers

The timeline below shows where the character Caridaylis appears in Make Your Home Among Strangers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 15
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...much older than Lizet—when Lizet asks who she is, Lourdes answers that her name is Caridaylis; she is a cousin of Ariel’s, but has lately become more like a mother to... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Lizet notes that Lourdes talks about Ariel and Caridaylis as if they are close friends—when she mentioned this to Leidy the night before, Leidy... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...about how selfish Lizet and Leidy are—they have invented their own problems, whereas Ariel and Caridaylis are going through something real. (full context)
Chapter 23
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...stories what would make “those people” like her. Leidy also tells Lizet that Lourdes told Caridaylis she was a single mom—she “straight up stole” Leidy’s life story and pretended it happened... (full context)
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...at Ariel’s uncle, asking if there has been any news from the government, and how Caridaylis is holding up. The uncle answers quickly that he will have more answers on Tuesday,... (full context)
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Lizet looks towards the front of the crowd and sees that Caridaylis has joined Ariel at the door of the house. Lizet thinks Cari looks “painfully generic”—she... (full context)
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As Lourdes begins gushing about how special Caridaylis is, Lizet feels an intense anger take over. She has worked so hard to get... (full context)
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...barely speak. She wants her mother to give her the same attention she gives to Caridaylis—someone she hardly knows. Lizet realizes in this instant that this means she wants Ariel gone.... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...her mother. They stand at the front of the crowd, and when Ariel’s uncle and Caridaylis come out, they both look exhausted and bereaved. The crowd immediately intuits that whatever news... (full context)
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...weeks, he will be deported. Lizet looks up at the front of the house, where Caridaylis is being harassed by reporters. Lizet, feeling a sudden rush of empathy, hurries forward and... (full context)
Chapter 33
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...and finds her mother on the racecar bed with her arms wrapped around a wailing Caridaylis. (full context)
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Lizet watches as Lourdes comforts Caridaylis. Lourdes begs the other people in the room to leave and give them some privacy,... (full context)
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Lourdes looks up at Lizet and hisses at her to leave the room, clutching Caridaylis tighter to her chest. Someone grabs Lizet and pulls her towards the door. Lizet does... (full context)
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...grabs her bag, and leaves the house, she realizes that her leaving for college allowed Caridaylis to take her place. Caridaylis is someone whose decisions Lourdes understands and is proud of.... (full context)
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...next day; the truth, though, is that Lizet wants to spare Leidy the knowledge that Caridaylis has replaced them. (full context)