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Tony struggles throughout the story to come to terms with the contradictions between his Catholic upbringing and his native blood. Ultima is teaching him the ways of a curandera, but when Tony is taken by his friend Cico to see the Golden Carp, he is forced to confront and define what he believes in.
It's pretty clear from his conversations with Cico in Chapter 11 that he does believe, though, both in the Golden Carp and in its power. This is revealed in Cico's revelation of the legend that those who harmed the carp in the past were turned into fish, and Tony's obvious fear at its power.
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