Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

by

Sandra Cisneros

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Flavio Munguía Galindo (“Rogelio Velasco”) Character Analysis

A character in “Tin Tan Tan” and “Bien Pretty.” A Mexican man living in Texas, Flavio writes poems using the pen name “Rogelio Velasco.” Proud of his Mexican heritage, he disparages his girlfriend Lupita for her inauthentic attempts to assume a Mexican identity with which she’s unfamiliar. Although he treats her well in the beginning and shows great passion for their love in his poetry, he is actually rather self-centered, as evidenced by the fact that he fails to tell Lupita that he has seven children and two ex-wives in Mexico. Without paying any heed to how it might make her feel, he casually tells her one day that he has to return to Mexico to tend to “family obligations.”

Flavio Munguía Galindo (“Rogelio Velasco”) Quotes in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

The Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories quotes below are all either spoken by Flavio Munguía Galindo (“Rogelio Velasco”) or refer to Flavio Munguía Galindo (“Rogelio Velasco”) . 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:
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). 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.
Bien Pretty Quotes

“Who dresses you?”
“Silver.”
“What’s that? A store or a horse?”
“Neither. Silver Galindo. My San Antonio cousin.”
“What kind of name is Silver?”
“It’s English,” Flavio said, “for Silvestre.”

I said, “What you are, sweetheart, is a product of American imperialism,” and plucked at the alligator on his shirt.
“I don’t have to dress in a sarape and sombrero to be Mexican,” Flavio said. “I know who I am.”
I wanted to leap across the table, throw the Oaxacan black pottery pieces across the room, swing from the punched tin chandelier, fire a pistol at his Reeboks, and force him to dance. I wanted to be Mexican at that moment, but it was true. I was not Mexican. Instead of the volley of insults I intended, all I managed to sling was a single clay pebble that dissolved on impact—perro. “dog.” It wasn’t even the word I’d meant to hurl.

Page Number: 151
Explanation and Analysis:

And in my dreams I’m slapping the heroine to her senses, because I want them to be women who make things happen, not women who things happen to. Not loves that are tormentosos. Not men powerful and passionate versus women either volatile and evil, or sweet and resigned. But women. Real women. The ones I’ve loved all my life. If you don’t like it lárgate, honey. Those women. The ones I’ve known everywhere except on TV, in books and magazines. Las girlfriends. Las comadres. Our mamas and tías. Passionate and powerful, tender and volatile, brave. And, above all, fierce.

Page Number: 161
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Flavio Munguía Galindo (“Rogelio Velasco”) Character Timeline in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

The timeline below shows where the character Flavio Munguía Galindo (“Rogelio Velasco”) appears in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Tin Tan Tan
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A poet named Rogelio Velasco professes his love to a woman named Lupita, whose name he spells out using the... (full context)
Bien Pretty
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Lupita opens her story by saying that Flavio Munguía isn’t pretty unless you’re in love with him. Still, she finds him attractive and... (full context)
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...of pace is welcome. This is the general mindset she’s in when, a month later, Flavio appears to exterminate the house she’s living in. As he sprays the baseboards with poison,... (full context)
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After Lupita decides that Flavio absolutely must pose for her painting, she asks, “Would you like to work for me... (full context)
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...machines, she eats lunch across the street at Torres Taco Haven. One day she finds Flavio at this restaurant and sits down at his table, telling him that she was serious... (full context)
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Lupita explains that Flavio comes from a poor family in Mexico, a family whose only hope was that he... (full context)
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Flavio and Lupita meet at her house every other Sunday so she can paint him. During... (full context)
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Flavio comes to Lupita’s for dinner one night, and the two talk about music. Flavio reveals... (full context)
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When Lupita finally makes love to Flavio, she learns that, in addition to the tattoo on his arm—which says Romelia—he has a... (full context)
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One Sunday morning at Taco Haven, Flavio calmly announces to Lupita, “My life, I have to go.” He explains that his mother... (full context)
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After breaking up with Flavio, Lupita desperately searches out her healing crystals at home and puts on tapes of “Amazon... (full context)
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In the coming days, Lupita returns to her painting of Flavio, in which he is an Aztecan prince crouching over a sleeping princess in the foreground... (full context)