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The Man-Child A child is much like a far-reaching scientific experiment Both are expensive and in constant need of attention Nevertheless an experiment can be terminated at anytime The experiment of child cannot be aborted and sometimes the Experiment fails when he or she chooses the wrong path However for Rudolfo Anayas Experiment Antonio of Bless Me Ultima the results are promising Antonio as a child already possesses traits that lead to a good and pure life He is naturally a mature and wise man-child yearning for knowledge Antonio shows a startling maturity Psychologically a typical six-year old will suffer serious mental agonies if he or she witnesses the death of four other people Tony however runs the words of the Act of Contrition 23 through his mind praying to God promising that he will sin no more 170 Furthermore the typical six year old child will not possess the mentality to question the flaws of a religion nor question why God forgives all 173 even murderers This is not the case for Tony who is bothered by the fact that God will forgive Narciso only if Tony also asks God to forgive Tenorio 173 In addition Tonys maturity leads him to order someone to go get the lifeguard 239 during the drowning of Florence At the same time Tony notices a red spot on Florences forehead where he must have hit the edge of the culvert 240 Death to a six year old is a mystery while religion is accepted just like the letters of the alphabet However Tonys questions of religion and reactions to death reflect a mindset of someone far beyond his age group For someone of his age Antonio has a strong yearning for knowledge He is driven by the desire to make his the magic of the letters and numbers 64 and works hard eager to learn the secret of the magic 76 At school while others cryand wet
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