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Victor hadn’t seen his father in a few years, only talked to him on the telephone once or twice, but there still was a genetic pain, which was soon to be pain as real and immediate as a broken bone.
-- Narration (N/A)

Importance: This sentence appears in the story's opening paragraph and establishes the estrangement between Victor and his father. As the reader soon learns, Victor's father left the reservation when Victor was a child. However, as this quotation suggests, Victor still feels a sense of pain and grief upon learning of his father's death, as interpersonal attachments (especially familial ones) may retain essential meaning.

You know there ain’t anybody around here with that kind of money.
-- Victor (N/A)

Importance: Victor makes this statement while speaking with the Tribal Council. The council is only able to contribute $100 towards the cost of transporting Victor's father's remains, and they suggest that he borrow the rest from...

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