A handsome young corporal in “La Fabulosa: A Texas Operetta” who dates Carmen in San Antonio, even though he has a high school sweetheart waiting for him in his hometown. José reveals himself as a hypocrite by going crazy when Carmen starts seeing another man, the famous Texan senator Camilo Escamilla. Crazed, he tries to kill her, and when this is unsuccessful, he tries to kill himself. At this point, the Fabulosa narrator admits that what she knows is mainly gossip—according to José’s friends, he succeeds in carving his initials into Carmen’s breasts. According to others, though, he goes “AWOL” and becomes a bullfighter in Mexico, “just so he [can] die like a man.”
José Character Timeline in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories
The timeline below shows where the character José appears in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
La Fabulosa: A Texas Operetta
..."Fabulosa" narrator. When Carmen meets a well-known Texas senator named Camilo Escamilla, she quickly abandons José. As the senator pays for her to stay in a “fancy condo,” José fumes at... (full context)