Father - This character got only a third-grade education and was shy when speaking English but became animated and outgoing when speaking Spanish.
Grandmother - This character spoke Spanish and loved to tell family stories. This character also liked to tease family members who did not speak Spanish well.
Mother - This character was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States as a young child. The character could speak English pretty well and served as the primary communicator for the family.
The Priest - A visitor from Sacred Heart Church, this character was the first English-speaking dinner guest ever invited to the Rodriguez household. The guest gave the family a picture of Christ with a "punctured heart."
Richard (Ricardo) Rodriguez - This character was raised and educated in Sacramento, California, the third of four children. As a young child, this character felt like a foreigner...
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