The Old Gringo - Chapter 22 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 22 Summary

Harriet thinks back upon a dream that Arroyo related to her while they were together. He tells her that in this dream his real mother is legally married to his father and the wife is a spinster off in the shadows of the hacienda. The wife would dress and act like a crone, carrying all of his father's sins. Arroyo told her he longed to be present at the death of his father, so he could shame him by not looking at him as he died. He longed to disinter his body and carry it around, watching it rot, until only the bones were left.

Harriet tells Arroyo there is more than one kind of death and we each carry around our own kind, some already dead on the inside. She relates to Arroyo that all these emotions are new to her. She admits she has had...

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