Abuela is Papi's mother and Negi's grandmother (“abuela” means grandmother in Spanish). She's an extremely religious woman and is very accomplished at crocheting. When Negi stays with Abuela, Abuela teaches her how to properly cross herself and how to crochet. Abuela is entirely aware that Papi sees other women besides Mami, and commiserates with Mami about him. Though Abuela is married to Abuelo, the two don't seem close.
Abuela Quotes in When I Was Puerto Rican
The When I Was Puerto Rican quotes below are all either spoken by Abuela or refer to Abuela. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Da Capo Press edition of When I Was Puerto Rican published in 2006.).
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I wondered if Mami felt the way I was feeling at this moment on those nights when she slept on their bed alone...whether the soft moans I heard coming from their side of the room were stifled sobs, like the ones that now pressed against my throat...
Abuela Character Timeline in When I Was Puerto Rican
The timeline below shows where the character Abuela appears in When I Was Puerto Rican. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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