A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

How do the people in the neighborhood treat the angel?


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When  Pelayo and Elisendra go to the chicken coop, they find the whole neighborhood gathered before the angel. Some joke with him as though he were a carnival attraction; others have more serious responses, suggesting for instance that the angel be made a five-star general or used to breed a race of winged men. Father Gonzaga, the local priest, responds to the old man from a Catholic point of view. He confronts the angel, speaking Latin, which he considers to be the language of god, but the angel does not understand. Father Gonzaga also objects to the angel's shabby appearance. He decides that the angel must be an imposter, and warns the people not to follow him, while promising meanwhile to write his bishop for a final verdict on the old man's angelic status.