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The Boy Aunt Mathilda and The Dog Love and Neglect in Donosos Paseo In Donosos essay Paseo the nameless boy talks about his life of neglect and longing The boy lives with his Aunt Mathilda and her brothers but receives no love and almost no attention from them He desires and hopes for the elders to show emotion of any kind for him but to no avail Aunt Mathilda lives a life that involves only herself and her brothers while the boy is nothing but a person peripheral to her life never central 70 Everyday involves a strict routine set by the Aunt Everyone follows the daily rituals until one day a dog follows Aunt Mathilda and the boy home altering everything In the essay the nameless boy describes his life his family his environment and the small white dog that changes everything The boys mother died when he was four years old Aunt Mathilda and her two brothers came to live with the boy and the father to help raise the boy They lived in a narrow little house which like a book showed only its narrow spine to the street 69 Aunt Mathilda set a routine that the entire family followed-- she kept the house meticulously clean made sure that all inhabitants were comfortable and made the beds ready for the brothers every night She took good care of her brothers but neglected the boy Every night the boy would go to bed hoping to find that his Aunt had turned down the sheets for him as she did his uncles But Aunt Mathilda never opened my bed Each night when I went up to my room my heart thumped in the hope of finding my bed opened with the recognizable dexterity of her hands But I had to adjust myself to the less pure style of the servant girl who was charged with doing it Aunt Mathilda never granted me
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