Chapter 23 – Death
Matt is taken to the hospital and tested and prepped for surgery to provide El Patron with transplant heart. We learn that Matt was allowed to keep his intelligence, as was El Patron’s other clones, so that his clones could live the child hood El Patron did not have a chance to enjoy. El Patron feels he is “owed” the lives of his siblings who died at a young age; he is the only one of eight to live to adulthood.
The Eejits are just “cattle” to El Patron and are of no consequence.
We learn that Celia has poisoned Matt with foxglove from the garden and arsenic, which has been the reason for all of his health problems and has made his organs unfit for transplant. El Patron dies.
Mr. Alcaran orders Tam Lin to dispose of “the clone” as he has now has “no use.” Celia is to be turned into an eejit. Tam Lin describes himself as a “mercenary” and now appears to now be allied with Mr. Alcaran. Matt is devastated when Tam Lin calls him “It."
- Where has Matt been taken? What thoughts are running through his head?
- What is Matt being tested by Willem and the other doctors for?
- What is the one thing that could help Maria?
- What does El Patron say to Matt from his hospital bed?
- Why was Matt allowed to keep his intelligence?
- What is implied by El Patron’s story and the quote “I am meant to have those lives.” (p. 232-233).
- What is said of the economies of the USA and Aztlan? How have things changed?
- Does El Patron care about all the eejits killed?
- Why does El Patron think Matt owes him continued life?
- Why has Celia poisoned Matt?
- Why would the technician want a snip of Matt’s hair?
- How did Matt react to El Patron’s death? How is the news given to him? Is his reaction surprising?
- What is Mr. Alcaran’s order to Tam Lin? How many other clones were there?
- How has Tam Lin changed? What will happen to Celia? Why?