How would you explain this quote from page 237 of Bless Me, Ultima?"Seeing him made questions and worries evaporate, and I remained transfixed, caught and caressed by the essential elements of sky...

How would you explain this quote from page 237 of Bless Me, Ultima?

"Seeing him made questions and worries evaporate, and I remained transfixed, caught and caressed by the essential elements of sky and earth and water" (Anaya 237).

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This is a very important quote because it relates to Antonio's sighting of the golden carp, and clearly presents the golden carp as another deity. To truly understand this quotation in isolation, you need to examine its usage in context. It appears in Chapter 21 of this novel, when Antonio tells us that he is still concerned about the limitations of his Catholic faith, and the way that God was "silent" during communion. As Antonio discusses his doubts about God with Cico, Cico responds in a very interesting way:

"There are many gods," Cico whispered, "gods of beauty and magic, gods of the garden, gods in our own backyards--but we go off to foreign countries to find new ones, we reach to the stars to find new ones--"

As if to reinforce this belief in the presence of other gods that surround us, if we only have eyes to notice them, the golden carp appears, and the quote you have highlighted indicates clearly the way in which the golden carp is one of these other deities, as it seems to make Antonio forget his questions and his uncertainty about religion. Thus this quote is important as it represents the view that there are many gods, and that no one god or religion can hold all the answers that we need. This is of course a key theme in this excellent novel.

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