What are important quotes from chapters in Luis Alberto Urrea's book The Devil's Highway?

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Luis Alberto Urrea's book The Devil's Highway is a biographical account of 26 Mexicans crossing the US border Quitobaquito in Arizona and traversing "The Devil's Highway." The book is actually told as a flashback, with chapter 1, "The Rules of the Game," ending their journey. Five men approached a border patrol car and told the agents more men were behind them, both alive and dead. Signcutters, which are professional trackers, tracked the men's footprints and found 12 more men alive and 14 dead.

One purpose of the first chapter is to set the scene by informing the reader of what a harsh environment the region is. One way in which Urrea accomplishes this is by relaying all of the death that has occurred in the region over the centuries and by giving accounts of all of the stories of hauntings and demonic activity. Hence, any important passages in this chapter will help the author set the stage. One might consider the account of the haunting of the white woman, written down in 1699, as important:

In the lands of O'Odham, a white woman bearing a cross came drifting dow the Devil's Highway itself. The warriors who saw her immediately did the only practical thing they could: they filled her with arrows. They said she refused to die. Kept on flying. (p. 11)


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