Signs Preceding the End of the World

by

Yuri Herrera

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The third local mob boss Makina visits in the Little Town before setting out on her quest. A man of few words who always dresses in black and runs a restaurant called “Casino,” Mr. Q is a rival of Mr. Aitch’s, but secures his power by manipulating rather than threatening those around him. Makina previously worked for Mr. Q, helping him deliver messages during a contentious election, so he owes her a favor at the outset of the novel. He is supposed to make sure Makina can get back home after she delivers Cora’s note to her brother.

Mr. Q 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. Q or refer to Mr. Q. 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

She looked into the mirrors: in front of her was her back: she looked behind but found only the never-ending front, curving forward, as if inviting her to step through its thresholds. If she crossed them all, eventually, after many bends, she’d reach the right place; but it was a place she didn’t trust.

Related Characters: Makina, Mr. Q
Page Number: 22
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mr. Q Character Timeline in Signs Preceding the End of the World

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Q 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
Family, Heritage, and Sense of Self Theme Icon
The Power of Language Theme Icon
Makina then goes to visit Mr. Q at his restaurant, Casino. She used to shuttle messages between Q and Aitch when violence... (full context)
Immigration, Myth, and Identity Theme Icon
Family, Heritage, and Sense of Self Theme Icon
Makina approaches Mr. Q , who always wears all black. He silently gestures for her to sit, and a... (full context)