Manuel first appears in Chapter Thirty-One. He appears to be a kind, happy, cosy man and very calm and direct. When he comes to see Jane and Rogelio, he reveals that he and Liliana agreed to tell Rogelio together that Manuel is gay. And, while Liliana said that she was only just told, she has known for 40 years.
- He married Liliana in 1968.
- He told her in 1975 that he was gay; they agreed to have an 'arrangement'.