The Bread of Salt

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The Bread of Salt is a short story that was written by N. V. M. Gonzalez in 1958. Written in the first person, it tells of a simple fourteen-year-old boy who is infatuated with the niece of a rich plantation owner.


The first-person narrator tells of his attraction to his mestiza classmate Aida, whose uncle's mansion he would see whenever he went to the bakery for pan de sal ("the bread of salt"). But an embarrassing incident during a party for Aida's relatives makes him feel that Aida sees him as an inferior. He avoids her afterwards and, despite having partaken of the many delicacies at the party, decides to get pan de sal to eat after leaving the party. This suggests his return to his simple routine life after losing his obsession with Aida.

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