Water by the Spoonful

by

Quiara Alegría Hughes

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William Character Analysis

William is Yaz’s white, bland ex-husband who has recently divorced her simply because he realized he no longer felt any love for her. William is never represented on-stage, but only spoken of to demonstrate the failure of Yaz’s “normal” life, the conflict of identity it caused her, and the frailty of biological family.

William Quotes in Water by the Spoonful

The Water by the Spoonful quotes below are all either spoken by William or refer to William. 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:
Substance Addiction Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Theatre Communications Group edition of Water by the Spoonful published in 2017.
Scene One Quotes

YAZ: You wanna be my witness?

ELLIOT: To What?

YAZ: My now-legal failure. I’m divorced.

ELLIOT: Yaz. I don’t want to hear that.

YAZ: You’ve been saying that for months and I’ve been keeping my mouth closed. I just need a John Hancock.

Related Characters: Elliot Ortiz (speaker), Yaz / Yazmin Ortiz (speaker), William
Page Number: 8
Explanation and Analysis:
Scene Five Quotes

YAZ: […] You know, [William’s] been to four funerals in the Ortiz clan and I could feel it, there was a part of him, under it all, that was disgusted. The open casket. The prayers.

ELLIOT: It is disgusting.

YAZ: Sitting in the pew knowing what freaks we are.

ELLIOT: He’s good people.

YAZ: I was probably at his side doing the same thing, thinking I’m removed, that I’m somehow different.

Related Characters: Elliot Ortiz (speaker), Yaz / Yazmin Ortiz (speaker), William
Page Number: 32
Explanation and Analysis:
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William Character Timeline in Water by the Spoonful

The timeline below shows where the character William appears in Water by the Spoonful. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Scene One
Family Theme Icon
Freedom, Identity, and Dissonance Theme Icon
...tells Elliot that she is finally signing the papers for her divorce from her husband William. Elliot is disappointed—everyone in the family was proud of Yaz for her marriage and stability—and... (full context)
Scene Five
Family Theme Icon
Freedom, Identity, and Dissonance Theme Icon
...her eyes he’s lost the right to be involved with their family. She reflects that William has been to four of their family’s funerals and that she thinks he secretly saw... (full context)
Family Theme Icon
Freedom, Identity, and Dissonance Theme Icon
...degrees and a seventeen-thousand-dollar piano with a mortgage on it. While she was married to William, he would tell her that every time she came back from visiting her family in... (full context)
Family Theme Icon
Freedom, Identity, and Dissonance Theme Icon
At the time, her relationship with William and his family made Yaz wish that she could get rid of all her Puerto... (full context)