Signs Preceding the End of the World

by

Yuri Herrera

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Mr. Aitch Character Analysis

A violent gang leader whom Makina meets at the Pulquería Raskolnikova after visiting Mr. Double-U. Aitch plays dominoes with his “thugs,” but clearly respects Makina and quickly defers to her when she arrives. He offers her help crossing the border in exchange for her help delivering a mysterious package to his associates in the U.S. Makina accepts his offer because she needs the help and “you don’t stop to wonder about other people’s business.” The implication is that Mr. Aitch’s package contains drugs, and therefore his deal with Makina shows how the illegality of migration across the U.S.-Mexican border facilitates organized crime, and how many migrants with important personal motivations for crossing the border but few resources are forced to turn to activities like drug smuggling in order to successfully do so.

Mr. Aitch Quotes in Signs Preceding the End of the World

The Signs Preceding the End of the World quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Aitch or refer to Mr. Aitch. 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:
Immigration, Myth, and Identity Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the And Other Stories edition of Signs Preceding the End of the World published in 2015.
Chapter 1 Quotes

You don’t lift other people’s petticoats.

You don’t stop to wonder about other people’s business.

You don’t decide which messages to deliver and which to let rot.

You are the door, not the one who walks through it.

Related Characters: Makina, Mr. Aitch
Page Number: 18
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mr. Aitch Character Timeline in Signs Preceding the End of the World

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Aitch appears in Signs Preceding the End of the World. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The Earth
Immigration, Myth, and Identity Theme Icon
Gender Roles Theme Icon
Makina then goes to visit Mr. Aitch. His guard once courted Makina, but reportedly murdered a woman once, and dodged the question... (full context)
Immigration, Myth, and Identity Theme Icon
Makina asks Aitch where to find her brother and confirms that she is “gonna cross.” Aitch orders Makina... (full context)
Immigration, Myth, and Identity Theme Icon
Family, Heritage, and Sense of Self Theme Icon
The Power of Language Theme Icon
...visit Mr. Q at his restaurant, Casino. She used to shuttle messages between Q and Aitch when violence nearly erupted between their rival bands during the elections. The messages and envelopes... (full context)
Chapter 2: The Water Crossing
Immigration, Myth, and Identity Theme Icon
Family, Heritage, and Sense of Self Theme Icon
Three years before Makina’s journey, “one of Mr. Aitch’s thugs” convinced her brother “that they owned a little piece of land” across the river.... (full context)
Chapter 3: The Place Where the Hills Meet
Immigration, Myth, and Identity Theme Icon
Racism, Inequality, and Social Change Theme Icon
...Chucho turns his back to walk toward the door, Makina hides Cora’s note and Mr. Aitch’s package in her jacket. (full context)
Chapter 4: The Obsidian Mound
Immigration, Myth, and Identity Theme Icon
Family, Heritage, and Sense of Self Theme Icon
Beyond the mountains, Makina meets Mr. Aitch’s man with the truck. They do not talk during the journey, and Makina “look[s] out... (full context)
Immigration, Myth, and Identity Theme Icon
Family, Heritage, and Sense of Self Theme Icon
Makina takes out Mr. Aitch’s package and shows it to the driver, but he insists that “you don’t give nothing... (full context)
Immigration, Myth, and Identity Theme Icon
Racism, Inequality, and Social Change Theme Icon
Family, Heritage, and Sense of Self Theme Icon
The Power of Language Theme Icon
...about her brother, who is “alive and kicking,” but “changed.” Makina’s brother also helped Mr. Aitch transport a package, and “things got rough.” But he got through it and “went off... (full context)
Immigration, Myth, and Identity Theme Icon
Racism, Inequality, and Social Change Theme Icon
The Power of Language Theme Icon
...fourth top dog, [who] had fled the Little Town after a turf war with Mr. Aitch.” Makina realizes she might be in trouble, but Mr. P promises her she has “nothing... (full context)