Trash

Trash

by

Andy Mulligan

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A 33-year-old man who is killed by the police during an interrogation just before the start of the story. Although José Angelico dies before the novel’s action, he is central to the plot. José Angelico was adopted by Dante Jerome, the son of Gabriel Olondriz, a man who was imprisoned decades ago for attempting to expose a corrupt politician named Senator Zapanta. José Angelico—whose wife and son died—works as Senator Zapanta’s servant to pay for his young daughter, Pia Dante, to attend school in another town. José Angelico devises an elaborate plan to steal Senator Zapanta’s fortune so that he can return it to the poor. Right before José Angelico is caught, he throws a bag in the trash with clues to the location of the hidden fortune, which three young scavengers named Raphael, Gardo, and Rat discover. The boys successfully find the fortune, save Pia Dante, and honor José Angelico’s wishes by distributing the fortune among the city’s poorest residents. The three boys feel a great deal of solidarity with José Angelico and his cause, and they often feel as if he is supporting them from beyond the grave.

José Angelico Quotes in Trash

The Trash quotes below are all either spoken by José Angelico or refer to José Angelico . 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 1: Chapter 4 Quotes

Trash is often wet, and the juices are always running. Maybe the ground here was a bit lower, I don’t know—but it was always muddy […] I got down low with the candle, trying not to breathe too deep because of the stink […] It might seem crazy asking a kid if you can come into his hole, but this hole was about the only thing Rat had, apart from what he wore. I would not have lived there – anywhere would have been better.

Related Symbols: Trash
Page Number: 25
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Part 2: Chapter 2 Quotes

It sounds crazy, but there was some part of me sure I’d never found it, and some other part of me begging me not to give up—maybe for José Angelico, because we knew more about him now.

Related Symbols: Trash
Page Number: 69
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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 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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Part 5: Chapter 1 Quotes

We were amongst wealthy people in very fancy clothes, and we felt even greyer and dirtier, but there was nothing for it, and still nobody was worrying about us – no one seemed to see us, like we were ghosts.

Page Number: 198
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And that is when we saw the brightest light.

Related Symbols: Brightest Light, Trash
Page Number: 198
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Part 5: Chapter 5 Quotes

I wanted to hang back and see what happened when the first trash boy of the morning hooked up—not a stupp, but a hundred dollar bill.

Related Symbols: Trash
Page Number: 220
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Appendix Quotes

Beware, because this money belongs to the poor.

Related Characters: José Angelico (speaker), Senor Zapanta (vice-president)
Page Number: 229
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José Angelico Character Timeline in Trash

The timeline below shows where the character José Angelico appears in Trash. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Chapter 2
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...video hall. Raphael gives Gardo 500 pesos and he notices an identification card for a José Angelico in the wallet. The boys surmise that José is 33 years old, unmarried, employed... (full context)
Part 2: Chapter 1
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...his way out. Father 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... (full context)
Part 2: Chapter 2
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...Even though Rat has the wallet, Raphael resolves to say nothing. The boys know about José Angelico—there’s “a fight beginning.” (full context)
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...that he doesn’t know anything. Somehow, he knows now that he got the strength from José Angelico. (full context)
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...street and running as fast as his wobbly legs can go. He is free and—unlike José Angelico—alive.  (full context)
Part 2: Chapter 3
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...outsmarting the “garbage police.” Raphael walks three hours to Behala. He tells the reader about José Angelico: it turns out the man was killed in a police station during an interrogation.... (full context)
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José Angelico had been arrested on suspicion of robbing $6,000,000 from the vice-president, for whom Angelico... (full context)
Part 2: Chapter 4
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Grace begins narrating because Father Juilliard asked her to discuss José Angelico’s nature as man. Grace has been a maid of Senator Zapanta—the vice-president—for four years.... (full context)
Part 3: Chapter 7
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...was and what the “harvest” was. Olondriz goes quiet and quizzes Gardo, who explains that José Angelico wrote a letter saying that if Olondriz could visit Senator Zapanta’s house right now,... (full context)
Part 3: Chapter 9
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...waiting for the gardener to let the story out himself. The gardener says that apparently, José Angelico, a “nice enough boy,” smuggled out $6,000,000 in a broken fridge—and the gardener couldn’t... (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 adopted while running a... (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... (full context)
Part 4: Chapter 1
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...pig’s” money and he thinks if he ever gets to heaven, he’ll ask the brave José Angelico if Angelico stashed the bag out of desperation or if he had a plan. (full context)
Part 4: Chapter 4
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...they can’t figure out how. Midnight strikes—it’s the Day of the Dead. Raphael thinks that José Angelico and Olondriz’s spirits have joined them. Eventually, they realize that the slashes mean to... (full context)
Part 4: Chapter 5
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...were fold the map. 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... (full context)
Part 4: Chapter 7
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...top of each other like boxes, so the stone seals the box closed. Gonz remembers José Angelico from the burial of José’s son. When José showed up, looking gaunt and thin,... (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 1
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...in for candlelit festivities among the graves. Raphael knows that the police wouldn’t have buried José Angelico, so they look for a family grave instead, but the graveyard is a crowded... (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 2
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...rotting pile. Finally, Gardo finds the Angelico grave. Underneath the words “Maria Angelico, wife of José Angelico,” “the brightest light” is etched, which makes Raphael shiver. The boys see Pia Dante’s... (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 3
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...is sitting patiently atop a higher grave. Raphael explains to her that they’re looking for José Angelico. The girl didn’t think José was coming—she’s been waiting for a week and he... (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 4
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...children found her and they took her to a graveyard shack. She’s been waiting for José ever since. The boys pay someone to let Pia sleep nearby and they get her... (full context)
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...Gabriel Olondriz said. Raphael knows Olondriz is there among the ghosts, arm in arm with José Angelico. (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 5
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...they can’t hang around. At the bottom of the sack, Raphael finds another letter from José Angelico, which Gardo holds onto. They change into the school uniforms, wash their faces, and... (full context)
Appendix
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The second letter from José Angelico asks whomever finds this letter to take care of his daughter, Pia Dante. Angelico... (full context)