Cándido and América’s infant daughter, born in a toolshed just outside the wall surrounding the Arroyo Blanco Estates. Socorro’s name means “help” in Spanish. Socorro is born blind, which América believes is the result of José Navidad having raped her. Socorro is lost and presumably drowned in a flood at the very end of the novel.
Socorro Quotes in The Tortilla Curtain
The The Tortilla Curtain quotes below are all either spoken by Socorro or refer to Socorro. 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 Penguin Books edition of The Tortilla Curtain published in 1996.).
Part 3, Chapter 8 Quotes
América was screaming and the baby was screaming and he could hear his own voice raised in a thin mournful drone, and that was nothing compared to the shrieks of the uprooted trees and the nightmarish roar of the boulders rolling along beneath them.
Socorro Character Timeline in The Tortilla Curtain
The timeline below shows where the character Socorro appears in The Tortilla Curtain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 3, Chapter 4
After several hours of building, Cándido returns to the maintenance shed to fetch América and Socorro. América insists that she wants to “go home to [her] mother” but Cándido manages to... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 6
...hard shapeless knot of plastic.” Sitting in the canyon, devastated, Cándido considers leaving América and Socorro, thinking that, since the police will be looking for him, “the agent of all this... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 8
...water onto the roof of the post office. América is sobbing and Cándido realizes that Socorro is missing from her arms. He feels “beyond cursing, beyond grieving, numbed right through to... (full context)