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The Bay-fronted House

Mister Salgado's house was the center of Triton's universe. He grew up there, and became the person that he did because of the things that happened to him in the bay-fronted house.

Chilies

Chilies are hot peppers. Mr. Pando's wife punished him by tying him up naked and-with the help of her servant-rubbing hot chili powder all over him. His crime: frolicking with a girl from the Hothouse Bodega.

Onions

Joseph, Mister Salgado's servant, had such an aversion to onions that Triton often sought refuge from him by going to where onions were being cut or cooked, and sometimes by rubbing a raw onion on himself.

Lists

Mister Salgado kept long lists of everything he had to do. Triton also made lists, but much shorter ones.

The Ocean

The ocean is a source of fascination and fear for both Mister Salgado and Triton. Sri Lanka...

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