To the standard joke about single men in San Miguel
Gay, married or going home on Tuesday
We can now add been dead for 200 years. Gladys Tolbert was so excited when she spied Ignacio Allende in the Jardin. She had heard about Allende and was eager to have a date with the most famous son of San Miguel.
The fact that he was simply a local man in costume escaped her. The Magic of San Miguel for some, dislodges logic and creates beliefs that have little in common with reality.
Whether or not Gladys has her date with Ignacio matters little. In her mind she had a date with Ignacio Allende.