Tuesday, August 4, 2009

I am slightly perplexed

While I was reading All the Pretty Horses, there were a couple of references that confused me, and I was wondering if someone else picked up on something that I missed? On page 135 Alfonsa says to John Grady Cole when they are at La Purisima that "Alejandra will be in Mexico with her mother for two weeks. Then she will be here for the summer." I noticed this also in a few other places. I am not sure if this is saying that the ranch is not in Mexico, so I looked repeatedly to try to figure out where else it could be. Did anyone else notice this and come up with an explanation? All I can come up with is that they really are part of Mexico, but they are so remote and removed that they are like their own territory at the ranch. . .


  1. Are you sure it's not "Mexico City"? That was my impression while reading, but I am too lazy to go downstairs, get the book and look it up. Your explanation is perhaps plausible in the way people say they're in "BFE," which is somewhere in Egypt from what I understand, when they really mean they're in some rural place in the U.S. of A.

  2. Yeah, that was my impression as well, but I just wasn't sure. It was confusing enough that I thought I'd see what everyone else had thought.