In the book Parrot in the Oven, how does Nardo interpret the dream and why?

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Nardo interprets Manny's dream to be a warning; he predicts that Manny will die alone "in a very cold place."

Nardo is "fascinated" by dreams, and believes that he can analyze people's sleep. Grandma had said that the fact that he has "a birthmark in the shape of an eagle's wing on his shoulder" indicates that Nardo does indeed have this gift. When Grandma dies, Manny has a dream that he and Grandma had been walking together in the mountains. Suddenly, a huge earthquake had erupted, spewing fire and tearing open the ground "like a sharp knife through seams of old leather." When Manny awakes, he is "soaked in cold sweat," and the walls of his room are "like blue ice, like the sky after a clean rain."

Naturally, Manny asks Nardo about the dream. Nardo tells him that before they leave for heaven, the dead sometimes "sprinkle messages inside the ears of those they love." He is not sure why Grandma would leave a message for Manny, but feels that the dream his brother describes is a warning, an indication that Manny will someday "die alone...in a very cold place" (Chapter 5).