Trash

Trash

by

Andy Mulligan

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Senor Zapanta (vice-president) Character Analysis

The story’s antagonist. Senator Zapanta is a corrupt, “fat” politician who lives in a luxurious gated compound while the citizens of his country live in squalor. Zapanta is portrayed as the story’s most despicable thief because he “stopped a nation in its tracks” when he siphoned off millions of dollars of aid money intended for the poor and he stashed it in his private vault. Zapanta deeply underestimates the intelligence of his long-time servant José Angelico, who smuggles out $6,000,000 from Zapanta’s private vault in an old fridge. Zapanta will stop at nothing to reclaim his wealth, including imprisoning Gabriel Olondriz (who attempted to expose him decades ago) and having Jose Angelico killed. Although Zapanta doesn’t directly engage with Rat, Raphael, or Gardo, he bribes the police to hunt down his fortune, putting the boys in grave danger. Toward the end of the story, newspaper headlines reveal that the public suspects Zapanta of corruption because of how much money was in his vault in the first place. Some newspaper columnists even call for Zapanta to be deposed. Jose Angelico’s theft thus achieves the twofold purpose of returning Zapanta’s money to the poor and exposing Zapanta for the fraud that he is.

Senor Zapanta (vice-president) Quotes in Trash

The Trash quotes below are all either spoken by Senor Zapanta (vice-president) or refer to Senor Zapanta (vice-president) . 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 2: Chapter 1 Quotes

His final act—the one that killed him—was to expose three senators who’d been siphoning off public taxes and stowing them off-shore. They all resigned and the prosecution rumbles on. Pascal Aguila was shot to pieces in a taxi, on his way to testify. Twenty-six bullets—the same caliber as a policeman’s gun —and his murderers were never found.

Page Number: 54
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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 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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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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Senor Zapanta (vice-president) Character Timeline in Trash

The timeline below shows where the character Senor Zapanta (vice-president) appears in Trash. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: Chapter 3
Childhood, Poverty, and Injustice Theme Icon
Corruption, Power, and Theft Theme Icon
Community, Loyalty, and Solidarity Theme Icon
José Angelico had been arrested on suspicion of robbing $6,000,000 from the vice-president, for whom Angelico worked as a houseboy for 18 years. It’s hard for Raphael to... (full context)
Part 2: Chapter 4
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...to discuss José Angelico’s nature as man. Grace has been a maid of Senator Zapanta—the vice-president—for four years. To Grace, José Angelico was a “kind, gentle, trustworthy, and honest” man, and... (full context)
Part 3: Chapter 5
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...idea who she’s visiting. He explains that he brought corruption charges against a very powerful Senator Zapanta when $30,000,000 of aid money, intended for schools and hospitals, disappeared 35 years ago. None... (full context)
Part 3: Chapter 7
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...could disappear. Gabriel Olondriz explains that this can happen with bogus contracts. He discovered that Senator Zapanta had siphoned money off and stockpiled it in a vault in his home. Olondriz worked... (full context)
Part 3: Chapter 8
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...the letter, which they’ve almost memorized (even the numbers). Rat decides they should go to Senator Zapanta ’s house (which is located in Green Hills among the rich and famous) to make... (full context)
Part 3: Chapter 9
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...that Raphael is scared, so Rat keeps a fast pace to distract him. They approach Senator Zapanta ’s gate, which is guarded with dogs and machine guns. Raphael gets nervous but Rat... (full context)
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...He hopes that José Angelico gave the money away before the police killed him, because Senator Zapanta stole from everyone, even the boys and the gardener himself. (full context)
Part 3: Chapter 10
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...is rent in the midst,” and Olondriz’s “soul would sing” if he could go to Senator Zapanta ’s house. Olondriz goes pale and he asks Gardo (in his language) if there is... (full context)
Part 4: Chapter 1
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...make it out alive. So they wait, watching the news, which features many pictures of Senator Zapanta . Rat is aching for the “fat pig’s” money and he thinks if he ever... (full context)
Part 4: Chapter 7
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...for a rice price hike. A page from the Inquirer newspaper reports that the “much-loved” vice-president is in “despair,” and that Senator Zapanta became famous a few years ago for clearing... (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 5
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...it in Behala, for anyone to find. They laugh and they bundle the money that Senator Zapanta stole from his people in two sacks, grab Pia Dante, and ride back to Behala... (full context)
Appendix
Corruption, Power, and Theft Theme Icon
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...by Gabriel Olondriz’s efforts, he meticulously planned over years to steal back the money that Senator Zapanta stole from the poor. The senator “stopped a nation in its tracks” and he stopped... (full context)