A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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In the story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings", what is the relationship between the angel and the child?  How come the child is the only one who treats the angel humanely? Also, they both get the chicken pox at the same time. What is the connection between them?

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Very interesting question. The child of Pelayo and Elisenda is perhaps "healed" by the angel when he first arrives, though this is not clearly stated. It doesn't actually state that the child treats the angel humanely - it rather suggests that the angel is to the child a kind of pet or a play thing - it is suggested that once the child starts school, he has no more time for his childish amusements with the angel. The narrator merely says about their relationship:

The angel was no less standoffish with him than with other mortals, but he tolerated the most ingenious infamies with the patience of a dog who had no illusions.

This quote hardly describes a close relationship! Rather, the child, just like the rest of the community, treat the angel inhumanely, as they would an object. It is interesting that they seem to treat the spider lady with more humanity than they do the angel.

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