Trash

Trash

by

Andy Mulligan

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An elderly, frail political prisoner at Colva Prison. Decades ago, Gabriel Olondriz attempted to expose a corrupt politician named Senator Zapanta, but he was imprisoned instead. Raphael, a young boy from the Behala landfill, discovers a letter in the trash from a man named José Angelico addressed to Gabriel Olondriz. Gardo, Raphael’s best friend, visits Olondriz in prison (the day before Olondriz dies) in order to deliver him Angelico’s letter. Olondriz explains that Zapanta pilfered away $30,000,000 of international aid money intended for the poor and that he ruined the lives of countless people with his corrupt greed. Olondriz is heartbroken when he learns from Gardo that his grandson, José Angelico, was killed—but he ultimately dies a happy man because the letter contains a coded message, meaning that José Angelico was able to continue Olondriz’s work and somehow retrieve the money and give it back to the poor.

Gabriel Olondriz Quotes in Trash

The Trash quotes below are all either spoken by Gabriel Olondriz or refer to Gabriel Olondriz. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Ember edition of Trash published in 2011.
Part 3: Chapter 4 Quotes

They’re poor. They do many things.

Related Characters: Gardo (speaker), Olivia Weston (Sister Olivia) , Gabriel Olondriz
Page Number: 104
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Part 3: Chapter 5 Quotes

What matters is that forty years ago I came upon information that Senator Zapanta had spirited away thirty million dollars of international aid money […] But no schools or hospitals were ever built, and the city stayed poor.

Page Number: 104
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Part 3: Chapter 7 Quotes

I had so much evidence. Unfortunately for me, I was naïve. My office was raided. The same night there was a terrible fire at my house. I was away but both my maid and my driver were killed in it. And every scrap of evidence went up in smoke.

Page Number: 104
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Part 3: Chapter 10 Quotes

I learned perhaps more than any university could ever teach me.

Page Number: 149
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Part 4: Chapter 4 Quotes

Once again, the trash boys were ahead of the trash police.

Related Symbols: Trash
Page Number: 175
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Part 4: Chapter 7 Quotes

What was ten million dollars doing in your house, sir?

Page Number: 188
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Gabriel Olondriz Character Timeline in Trash

The timeline below shows where the character Gabriel Olondriz appears in Trash. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Chapter 6
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...Grinning, Rat hands over the envelope, which contains an ominous-looking letter addressed to a Gabriel Olondriz at Colva Prison. The letter is full of nonsense words and a code with numbers... (full context)
Part 2: Chapter 1
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...Juilliard now knows that the boys deceived him “beautifully”—they’d looked up José Angelico and Gabriel Olondriz. Rat is up to something too, which Father Juilliard says Rat will reveal himself. Juilliard... (full context)
Part 2: Chapter 3
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...learned that José Angelico was an orphan who’d been adopted by the son of Gabriel Olondriz (which was the name on the coded letter). Raphael thinks that the police might have... (full context)
Part 3: Chapter 4
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...her, but she is paralyzed by shock. They pass through to the hospital, where Gabriel Olondriz is being treated. Olivia feels faint and she sobs, asking Gardo why there are children... (full context)
Part 3: Chapter 5
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A frail Gabriel Olondriz—who looks to be on the brink of death—greets Olivia, happy for the company. Olivia is... (full context)
Part 3: Chapter 7
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Back at Colva Prison, Olivia is confused about how so much money could disappear. Gabriel Olondriz explains that this can happen with bogus contracts. He discovered that Senator Zapanta had siphoned... (full context)
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Gardo wipes Gabriel Olondriz’s forehead and he asks Olondriz who Dante Jerome was and what the “harvest” was. Olondriz... (full context)
Part 3: Chapter 10
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 Back at the prison, Gabriel Olondriz tearfully explains that José Angelico was one of 32 children whom his son Dante Jerome... (full context)
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In the letter, José Angelico writes that he thinks of Gabriel Olondriz daily and he raises a glass to Olondriz’s honor (and “in memoriam” of Dante Jerome).... (full context)
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Gabriel Olondriz calls Gardo an “angel” and he’s glad Gardo didn’t bring the letter. Olondriz quietly explains... (full context)
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The next morning, Gabriel Olondriz dies peacefully in prison. Olivia assumes that Marco realized the Bible was valuable. She doesn’t... (full context)
Part 4: Chapter 1
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The boys know they need Olondriz’s Bible, so Gardo bravely walks to the prison and he watches the building for three... (full context)
Part 4: Chapter 4
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...try to decode the Bible by candlelight. They flip to the crucifixion passage that Gabriel Olondriz mentioned. They know the code’s numbers somehow match the text but they can’t figure out... (full context)
Part 4: Chapter 5
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...Rat doesn’t know how he heard the ladder creak—maybe it was José Angelico and Gabriel Olondriz’s help. He opens the hatch as Raphael freezes. Rat slaps Raphael and they climb silently... (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 4
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Corruption, Power, and Theft Theme Icon
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...life, a future. They know they won’t steal it because of all the things Gabriel Olondriz said. Raphael knows Olondriz is there among the ghosts, arm in arm with José Angelico. (full context)
Appendix
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...letter to take care of his daughter, Pia Dante. Angelico explains how, inspired by Gabriel Olondriz’s efforts, he meticulously planned over years to steal back the money that Senator Zapanta stole... (full context)