*TRIGGER WARNING: ABUSE* The scene where
Esmeralda comforts Quasi after the crowd at the Feast of Fools have turned on
him always makes me cry. When I was a kid and the police were finally called on my abusive parents, I
was too beaten up to even walk, and the officer who found me was a beautiful
black woman who looked a lot like Esmeralda. I know how Quasi feels to have one
good person stand up for him and what it feels like to not even know how to
react to that kindness.