Antonio’s dream about the water of the moon and the water of the sea is a way for him to deal symbolically with the religious conflict between his parents. Gabriel’s spiritual beliefs are more like Cico’s pagan religion than like María’s Catholicism, and the result is even more tension between the parents. Antonio’s struggle to cope with competing moral orders is now a symbolic part of his struggle to cope with conflicting family traditions. Ultima, whose character demonstrates the possibility of the harmonious coexistence of opposites, calms Antonio’s fears in the dream by revealing the interdependent relationship of the sea and the moon, symbolic representations of his paternal and maternal traditions.