A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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In "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings," why is the delay from the Vatican symbolic?

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Despite the general agreement that the old man is an angel, letters from Rome show disinterest, and even a certain amount of mockery. It seems that the Vatican is not convinced, and so they delay until they stop receiving letters, not wanting the expense of sending a high-ranking official out:

...the mail from Rome showed no sense of urgency. They spent their time finding out in the prisoner had...

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