A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings


The Old Man lands on Pelayo and Elisenda's property. Pelayo is the husband to Elisenda. He discovers the Old Man in his backyard.
Elisenda is the one who comes up with the idea of charging people to see the Old Man.
The Old Man
The Old Man is "Dreaming" in the story. He first appears in the backyard in the mud. The family is first hesitant about what he is, so they make him live in the chicken coop. He is very dirty and he speaks an incomprehensible language that no one understands. When the crowds first start to come around, he is absentminded and patient about what's going on; as the crowds continue to come from all over the world to see him, he becomes a celebrity. Later, the crowds burn him with a branding iron and he flaps his wings in pain. In the end, he grows all of his feathers back and flies away.
Father Gonzaga
Father Gonzaga is the town priest and the authority figure of the town. He contacts the Church and awaits verdict from authority. He later says he thinks that the Old Man is an imposter or a phony because he doesn't know Latin, the language of the God. He also had a calming personality.
The Neighbour
The Neighbour is known for being wise, intelligent, and helpful. She thinks that the Old Man is an angel who has fallen from the sky and come for Pelayo's son. While her advice for clubbing the Old Man is not taken, she still attempts to help her neighbors Pelayo and Elisenda.
Spider Woman
The Spider Woman essentially comes and takes the Old Man's fame. She is a troublemaker who got kicked out of her parents' home for disobeying. After disobeying her parents, she was transformed into a tarantula with the head of a woman. The people forget about the Old Man and focus their interests on her. In contrast to the Old Man, who does not talk and move much, she is always open to tell about her story, so the villagers abandon the Old Man when she comes.
The Child
The child is Pelayo and Elisenda's newborn baby, who is ill when the story opens. The Neighbor tries to tell the family that the Old Man came to take the baby. The Old Man and the child are somewhat connected. They are ill at the same time and play together.

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