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: 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.
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
...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
Chapter 3: The Place Where the Hills Meet
Chapter 4: The Obsidian Mound
...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)