Signs Preceding the End of the World

by

Yuri Herrera

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The Boy from the Bus Character Analysis

A young man of roughly Makina’s age who harasses her on her bus to the Big Chilango. Uninterested in his antics and unafraid to stand up for herself, she immediately fends him off by almost breaking his finger and threatening to do much worse if he bothers her again. Much later, Makina runs into him across the border, where he is working at a nondescript restaurant and introduces her to the woman who eventually leads her to her brother.

The Boy from the Bus Quotes in Signs Preceding the End of the World

The Signs Preceding the End of the World quotes below are all either spoken by The Boy from the Bus or refer to The Boy from the Bus. 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 2 Quotes

Makina turned to him, stared into his eyes so he’d know that her next move was no accident, pressed a finger to her lips, shhhh, eh, and with the other hand yanked the middle finger of the hand he’d touched her with almost all the way back to an inch from the top of his wrist; it took her one second. The adventurer fell to his knees in pain, jammed into the tight space between his seat and the one in front, and opened his mouth to scream, but before the order reached his brain Makina had already insisted, finger to lips, shhhh, eh; she let him get used to the idea that a woman had jacked him up and then whispered, leaning close, I don’t like being pawed by fucking strangers, if you can believe it.

Related Characters: Makina, The Boy from the Bus
Page Number: 31
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Boy from the Bus Character Timeline in Signs Preceding the End of the World

The timeline below shows where the character The Boy from the Bus appears in Signs Preceding the End of the World. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: The Water Crossing
Gender Roles Theme Icon
...buy a bus ticket, two young men harass her. They take the same bus, and one of them sits next to her and begins intentionally brushing up against her. She makes a “shh”... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Place Where Flags Wave
Immigration, Myth, and Identity Theme Icon
Gender Roles Theme Icon
Makina meets the boy whose finger she nearly broke on the bus. He brings her inside the restaurant where... (full context)