Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

by

Sandra Cisneros

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A young boy with “crooked hair and crooked teeth” in the story “Salvador Late or Early.” Salvador’s teacher frequently forgets his name, and none of the other children are his friends. Regardless of his social isolation, Salvador has more responsibility than most children because he helps his mother raise his two younger brothers, whom he walks to and from school. Salvador is described as having a small body full of a “history of hurt” and marked by a “geography of scars,” but still, he never fails to care for his siblings, ferrying them home and fading away into the “bright horizon” as the sun sets.

Salvador Quotes in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

The Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories quotes below are all either spoken by Salvador or refer to Salvador. 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.
Salvador Late or Early Quotes

Salvador inside that wrinkled shirt, inside the throat that must clear itself and apologize each time it speaks, inside that forty-pound body of a boy with its geography of scars, its history of hurt, limbs stuffed with feathers and rags, in what part of the eyes, in what part of the heart, in that cage of the chest where something throbs with both fists and knows only what Salvador knows, inside that body too small to contain the hundred balloons of happiness, the single guitar of grief, is a boy like any other disappearing out the door, beside the schoolyard gate, where he has told his brothers they must wait.

Related Characters: Salvador
Page Number: 10
Explanation and Analysis:
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Salvador Character Timeline in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

The timeline below shows where the character Salvador appears in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Salvador Late or Early
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An unidentified narrator hashes out a brief character study of Salvador, a boy with “crooked hair and crooked teeth” who has no friends. Even his teacher... (full context)