Signs Preceding the End of the World

by

Yuri Herrera

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Mr. Aitch’s Driver Character Analysis

A mysterious man who dutifully picks Makina up after she evades the anglo rancher but refuses to talk to her or get involved with the package she is carrying for Mr. Aitch. Emotionally and personally opaque to the reader, he does nothing more or less than his job: dropping Makina on a nondescript street corner in some unnamed place north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Mr. Aitch’s Driver 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’s Driver or refer to Mr. Aitch’s Driver. 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 4 Quotes

The city was an edgy arrangement of cement particles and yellow paint. Signs prohibiting things thronged the streets, leading citizens to see themselves as ever protected, safe, friendly, innocent, proud, and intermittently bewildered, blithe, and buoyant; salt of the only earth worth knowing. They flourished in supermarkets, cornucopias where you could have more than everyone else or something different or a newer brand or a loaf of bread a little bigger than everyone else’s. Makina just dented cans and sniffed bottles and thought it best to verse, and it was when she saw the anglogaggle at the self-checkouts that she noticed how miserable they looked in front of those little digital screens, and the way they nearly-nearly jumped every time the machine went bleep! at each item. And how on versing out to the street they sought to make amends for their momentary one-up by becoming wooden again so as not to offend anyone.

Related Characters: Makina, Mr. Aitch’s Driver
Page Number: 56-7
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mr. Aitch’s Driver Character Timeline in Signs Preceding the End of the World

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Aitch’s Driver appears in Signs Preceding the End of the World. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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 [the... (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 to me” and instead leaves her... (full context)