Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

by

Sandra Cisneros

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Chaq Uxmal Paloquín (“Boy Baby”) Character Analysis

A man in “One Holy Night” who claims to be the descendant of Mayan kings, though this is a lie. Boy Baby seduces Ixchel even though he’s 37 and she’s only in eighth grade. He even shows her his collection of guns, telling her that he wants her to “understand” what kind of person he is, but this doesn’t scare her away. When Abuelita comes looking for him after he impregnates Ixchel, he’s nowhere to be found. Later, he’s arrested for having killed eleven girls in the past seven years and putting them in caves known as the Caves of the Hidden Girl.

Chaq Uxmal Paloquín (“Boy Baby”) Quotes in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

The Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories quotes below are all either spoken by Chaq Uxmal Paloquín (“Boy Baby”) or refer to Chaq Uxmal Paloquín (“Boy Baby”). 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:
Love, The Joy of Life, & Interconnection Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage Books edition of Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories published in 1991.
One Holy Night Quotes

About the truth, if you give it to a person, then he has power over you. And if someone gives it to you, then they have made themselves your slave. It is a strong magic. You can never take it back.

Related Characters: Chaq Uxmal Paloquín (“Boy Baby”) (speaker), Ixchel
Page Number: 27
Explanation and Analysis:

I’m not saying I’m not bad. I’m not saying I’m special. But I’m not like the Allport Street girls, who stand in doorways and go with men into alleys.

All I know is I didn’t want it like that. Not against the bricks or hunkering in somebody’s car. I wanted it come undone like gold thread, like a tent full of birds. The way it’s supposed to be, the way I knew it would be when I met Boy Baby.

But you must know, I was no girl back then. And Boy Baby was no boy. Chaq Uxmal Paloquín. Boy Baby was a man. When I asked him how old he was he said he didn’t know. The past and the future are the same thing. So he seemed boy and baby and man all at once, and the way he looked at me, how do I explain?

Related Characters: Ixchel (speaker), Chaq Uxmal Paloquín (“Boy Baby”)
Page Number: 28
Explanation and Analysis:

The truth is, it wasn’t a big deal. It wasn’t any deal at all. I put my bloody panties inside my T-shirt and ran home hugging myself. I thought about a lot of things on the way home. I thought about all the world and how suddenly I became a part of history and wondered if everyone on the street, the sewing machine lady and the panadería saleswoman and the woman with two kids sitting on the bus bench didn’t all know. Did I look any different? Could they tell? We were all the same somehow, laughing behind our hands, waiting the way all women wait, and when we find out, we wonder why the world and a million years made such a big deal over nothing.

I know I was supposed to feel ashamed, but I wasn’t ashamed. I wanted to stand on top of the highest building, the top-top floor, and yell, I know.

Related Characters: Ixchel (speaker), Chaq Uxmal Paloquín (“Boy Baby”)
Page Number: 30
Explanation and Analysis:
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Chaq Uxmal Paloquín (“Boy Baby”) Character Timeline in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

The timeline below shows where the character Chaq Uxmal Paloquín (“Boy Baby”) appears in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
One Holy Night
Love, The Joy of Life, & Interconnection Theme Icon
Loss, Longing, & Grief Theme Icon
...since Abuelita, her grandmother, chased off a man named Chaq Uxmal Paloquín, whom Ixchel calls Boy Baby . Boy Baby, she says, is the descendant of Mayan kings. Ixchel confesses that she... (full context)
Love, The Joy of Life, & Interconnection Theme Icon
Coming of Age Theme Icon
When Ixchel first meets Boy Baby and asks how old he is, he tells her he doesn’t know. “The past and... (full context)
Love, The Joy of Life, & Interconnection Theme Icon
Coming of Age Theme Icon
One night, Ixchel stations the pushcart outside Esparza & Sons Auto Repair, where Boy Baby lives in a small old closet with “pink plastic curtains on a narrow window” and... (full context)
Love, The Joy of Life, & Interconnection Theme Icon
Female Objectification & Power Theme Icon
Loss, Longing, & Grief Theme Icon
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Boy Baby talks about his lineage, saying that the stars have predicted his future son’s birth. He... (full context)
Love, The Joy of Life, & Interconnection Theme Icon
Female Objectification & Power Theme Icon
Loss, Longing, & Grief Theme Icon
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Regarding this moment on the newspaper bed with Boy Baby , Ixchel writes: “So I was initiated beneath an ancient sky by a great and... (full context)
Love, The Joy of Life, & Interconnection Theme Icon
...which point they go inside together. Hearing this, Abuelita goes to the garage to find Boy Baby , but discovers he has moved away, leaving the pushcart behind as a way of... (full context)
Female Objectification & Power Theme Icon
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Despite her best efforts to hide the fact that she and Boy Baby had sex, Ixchel’s secret becomes obvious when her period never comes and her stomach swells.... (full context)
Female Objectification & Power Theme Icon
...letter arrives from the convent. In it, the nuns tell Abuelita what they know about Boy Baby : that he was born to a knife sharpener and a fruit vendor; that he’s... (full context)
Love, The Joy of Life, & Interconnection Theme Icon
Loss, Longing, & Grief Theme Icon
As the baby grows inside her, Ixchel can feel the “ghost” of Boy Baby circling through her innards, refusing to “let [her] rest.” Not long after she arrives in... (full context)