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"Consuelo was seduced by the idea of being born in the midst of all that fear, in spite of the rumor that babies born during that period were abominations and would remain so years after the comet had faded from sight as a ball of ice and stellar dust."
Chapter One, p. 6.

"In their hearts they knew that from that moment they would try to forget, to tear that horror from their souls, resolved never to speak of it, with the hope that time would erase it. Finally, slowly, exhausted, feet dragging, they returned home. Last came Rolf Carle, walking between two rows of skeletons, all equal in the desolation of death."
Chapter Two, p. 34.

"'Take good care of my girl, madrina. I'm leaving her in your hands,' my mother said, discreetly wiping away the thread of blood trickling down her chin. Then she took my hand and, with her eyes, kept telling me how much she loved me, until a fog clouded her gaze and life faded from her body without a sound. For a few seconds I thought I saw something translucent floating in the motionless air of the room, flooding it with blue radiance and perfuming it with a breath of musk, but then everything was normal again, the air merely air, the light yellow, the smell the simple smell of every day. I took my mother's face in my hands and moved it back and forth, calling ' Mama, Mama,' stricken by the silence that had settled between us."
Chapter Three, p. 44.

"Do you touch yourself with your hands"?
"Yes..."
"Often, daughter?"
"Every day."
"Every day! How often?"
"I don't keep count...many times..."
"that is the most serious offense in the eyes of God!"
"I didn't know Father. And if I wear gloves, is that a sin, too?"
"Gloves! But what are you saying, you foolish girl? Are you mocking me?"
"No-no," I stammered in terror, at the same time thinking of how difficult it would be to wash my face, brush my teeth, or scratch myself while wearing gloves."
Chapter Three, p. 49.

"It was not a suicide. Your schoolmates killed your father," Frau Carle declared once they were home.
"How do you know that, Mama?"
"I just know, and I am grateful they did it, because if they hadn't, we would have had to do it ourselves one day."
"Don't talk that way, please," whispered Rolf, frightened. He had always thought that his mother was resigned to her fate, had never imagined that her heart harbored such rancor against her husband. He thought he was the only one who hated his father. "It's all behind us now, we must forget about it."
"No, on the contrary, we must always remember it." She smiled with an expression he had never seen before."
Chapter Four, pp. 81-82.

"As long as you're untouched, you're worth something, she would say; but when you lose it, you're nobody. I did not understand why the part of my body that was so sinful and forbidden could at the same time be so valuable. "
Chapter Five, p. 106.

"The competition was fierce and the possibilities for advancement almost nil; for him, the only virtue in being a salesman was his pleasure in bargaining, which he did not use to drive a hard bargain but as an excuse for exchanging ideas with customers and making friends."
Chapter Six, p. 140.

"The dictatorship has collapsed," I said the minute he came in. I had spent the day looking after Zulema, who was suffering one of her crises, and I was waiting up for him in the kitchen.
"I know, child."
"That's what they said on the radio. What does it mean?"
"Nothing that involves us. It happened a long way from here."
Chapter Seven, p. 179.

"Why did you kill her? To rob her? They say the Turk's woman is rich, and has a treasure buried in the patio. Answer me, whore! Where did you hide the jewels you stole from her?"
Chapter Eight, p. 194.

"How we've changed! No, don't look at me like that. I'm not gay, I'm a transsexual."
"A what?"
"I was born a man, but by mistake, and how I'm a woman."
Chapter Eight, p. 207.

"Do you want to go to bed with me, Colonel?"
He dropped his fork and for nearly a minute stared at his plate.
"That's a crude question and it deserves a crude answer," he replied finally. "Yes, that's what I want. Do you accept?"
"No, thank you very much. Sex without love makes me melancholy."
Chapter Ten, p. 248.

"But if he can't change things, who can?"
"You and I, for example. What has to change in this world are attitudes. But we're a long way from that, and since you've made up your mind and I can't let you do this alone, I'll go with you to the zoo. What that imbecile needs isn't a plan of the uniform factory, but of Santa Maria."
Chapter Eleven, p. 268.

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