Oscar’s grandfather, and the reason that the Cabral line is cursed, Abelard was a doctor and a scholar during the Trujillo regime in the Dominican Republic. He was too cowardly to protest Trujillo’s dictatorship, but brave enough not to let Trujillo take his oldest daughter Jacquelyn. Either this affront to Trujillo’s pride, or a secret book about the evil supernatural roots of Trujillo’s rise to power, brought Abelard to the attention of the Trujillato and led to his imprisonment and death. He was never able to meet his third daughter, Beli, but Abelard’s legacy lives on in Oscar and his interest in writing.
Abelard Cabral Quotes in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao quotes below are all either spoken by Abelard Cabral or refer to Abelard Cabral. 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 Riverhead Books edition of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao published in 2008.).
Book 2, Chapter 5 Quotes
The only answer I can give you is the least satisfying: you'll have to decide for yourself. What's certain is that nothing’s certain. We are trawling in silences here.
Abelard Cabral Character Timeline in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The timeline below shows where the character Abelard Cabral appears in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1, Chapter 3: The Three Heartbreaks of Belicia Cabral (1955-1962)
Book 2, Chapter 5: Poor Abelard (1944-1946)
...yet another possible start to the sad tale of Oscar Wao with Oscar’s maternal grandfather Abelard Cabral. A footnote explains that this is the beginning that the de Leóns always use... (full context)
...the intense fear that Trujillo inspired, Yunior reminds us that there were people who resisted. Abelard, however, has no designs for revolution and simply wants to tend his patients and care... (full context)