Trash

Trash

by

Andy Mulligan

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Pia Dante Angelico Character Analysis

An eight-year-old girl who is orphaned when her father, José Angelico, is killed in a police interrogation. Pia is abandoned in the city graveyard by her foster family after her father fails to show up there, but she survives because some street kids feel sorry for her and they feed her scraps of food. Raphael, Gardo, and Rat meet Pia when they find her half-starved and waiting for her father by her family gravestone. Pia is too young to realize that her father hid the fortune he stole from the corrupt Senator Zapanta in a grave marked with Pia’s name. After finding this money, the boys take Pia under their wing, and she escapes with them to a better life at the end of the story—just as her father wished.

Pia Dante Angelico Quotes in Trash

The Trash quotes below are all either spoken by Pia Dante Angelico or refer to Pia Dante 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:
Childhood, Poverty, and Injustice Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Ember edition of Trash published in 2011.
Part 5: Chapter 1 Quotes

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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Pia Dante Angelico Character Timeline in Trash

The timeline below shows where the character Pia Dante Angelico appears in Trash. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: Chapter 4
Childhood, Poverty, and Injustice Theme Icon
Corruption, Power, and Theft Theme Icon
...years before. Angelico worked as a live-in houseboy in order to send his young daughter, Pia Dante , to school. When Angelico was taken, Grace was “very, very upset.” She went to... (full context)
Part 3: Chapter 10
Childhood, Poverty, and Injustice Theme Icon
Corruption, Power, and Theft Theme Icon
Community, Loyalty, and Solidarity Theme Icon
Intelligence, Education, and Street Smarts Theme Icon
...favorites. José Angelico visited Olondriz in prison last year and he wanted Olondriz to meet Pia Dante because Olondriz was her godfather. Weeping, Olondriz says that José Angelico had high hopes of... (full context)
Childhood, Poverty, and Injustice Theme Icon
Corruption, Power, and Theft Theme Icon
...knows they’re coming for him and he prays the letter finds Olondriz. He’s afraid for Pia Dante , but the “seeds are safe,” “the veil of the temple is rent in the... (full context)
Part 4: Chapter 7
Community, Loyalty, and Solidarity Theme Icon
...had nobody left in the world. José had asked for a stone that read “ Pia Dante Angelico: seeds to my harvest, my child. It is accomplished.” There was nobody but José... (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 2
Childhood, Poverty, and Injustice Theme Icon
Community, Loyalty, and Solidarity Theme Icon
...of José Angelico,” “the brightest light” is etched, which makes Raphael shiver. The boys see Pia Dante ’s grave stacked on top and they read out the familiar words “seeds,” “harvest,” and... (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 3
Childhood, Poverty, and Injustice Theme Icon
...week and he hasn’t come. Rat asks who the girl is, and she responds, “ Pia Dante .” Raphael goes cold and he nearly falls down. He thinks they’re looking at Pia... (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 4
Childhood, Poverty, and Injustice Theme Icon
Community, Loyalty, and Solidarity Theme Icon
Intelligence, Education, and Street Smarts Theme Icon
Of course, Pia Dante isn’t a ghost. She looks weak and smells bad, so the boys decide to clear... (full context)
Childhood, Poverty, and Injustice Theme Icon
Corruption, Power, and Theft Theme Icon
Community, Loyalty, and Solidarity Theme Icon
...it isn’t theirs. They go into the graveyard, feeling ghosts all around, and pry open Pia Dante ’s grave with a broken knife and a spike. Curiously, there is a coffin but... (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 5
Corruption, Power, and Theft Theme Icon
Community, Loyalty, and Solidarity Theme Icon
Intelligence, Education, and Street Smarts Theme Icon
...they bundle the money that Senator Zapanta stole from his people in two sacks, grab Pia Dante , and ride back to Behala in a cart with some street kids, entering from... (full context)
Community, Loyalty, and Solidarity Theme Icon
...Gardo holds onto. They change into the school uniforms, wash their faces, and leave (with Pia Dante in tow) to catch a train. (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 6
Childhood, Poverty, and Injustice Theme Icon
Community, Loyalty, and Solidarity Theme Icon
Raphael, Gardo, Jun, and Pia Dante get on the train, looking just like all the other school kids (except their backpacks... (full context)
Appendix
Corruption, Power, and Theft Theme Icon
Intelligence, Education, and Street Smarts Theme Icon
...letter from José Angelico asks whomever finds this letter to take care of his daughter, Pia Dante . Angelico explains how, inspired by Gabriel Olondriz’s efforts, he meticulously planned over years to... (full context)