Bad Influence Characters

Judith Ortiz Cofer
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Mamá Ana

Mamá Ana is Rita's excitable, gregarious grandmother, with whom she spends the summer. Warm, short, and plump, with a passion for soap operas, Rita finds her attention suffocating. When Rita tries some deep breathing exercises, Mamá Ana interprets them as asthmatic wheezing and clucks over Rita's "condition" throughout the story. Initially Rita finds her grandmother smothering and invasive, but over time she comes to see her as having a way with people and "this talent for turning every day into a sort of party."

Angela Hernandez

Angela is the anorexic girl whom Papá Juan is called to cure. She has stopped eating and communicating with her mother because of her mother's abusive boyfriend and his reported "bad influence." At Mamá's and Papá's prompting, the boyfriend is removed from the house, and as a result Angela's health improves. Because she...

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