The Old Gringo Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Who is Tomás Arroyo?

Tomás Arroyo, whose name was later Anglicized to Tom Brooks, was a man that Harriet Winslow met when she was living as a tourist in Mexico. After leaving him, Harriet's thoughts have perpetually surrounded what could have been between them.

2. What does Harriet remember about the boy who helped her cross the border into America?

Harriet remembers that the young boy, named Pedro, was accompanied by a much older soldier whom he clearly looked up to. Harriet remembers his disbelief at the fact that Pedro was so young and yet already equipped with a gun.

3. What does Harriet recall about the weather in Mexico during her time there?

Harriet recalls that the weather was always hot and arid. As an old woman now, Harriet credits the deserts for drying up her dreams, saying that they were too fragile to cope with the sweltering heats of the land.

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