How and by whom had the only son of schoolteacher Ines been killed in "The School-teacher's Guest??
Ines' son was killed by a single gunshot to the forehead. He was shot after he trespassed on private property to pick up a fallen mango. Evidently, the man who shot Ines' son had mango trees in his yard.
After Ines' son was killed, the inhabitants of Agua Santa hauled mangoes to the killer's property and threw them through his windows. By now, the killer had left the village, for he greatly feared for his life. Riad Halabi, then an itinerant Arab salesman, made funeral arrangements for Ines' son and did his best to comfort Ines and the townsfolk. He became Agua Santa's informal chief and soon opened a business in the village (The Pearl of the Orient).
As for Ines, she continued teaching and became the most respected matron in all of Agua Santa. She educated the town's children for generations, and the townsfolk trusted in her as a wise counselor, arbiter, and judge. After retirement, Ines opened a boardinghouse, where she primarily housed truck-drivers for National Petroleum.
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