The House on Mango Street
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"I know then I had to have a house.A real house.One I could point to."
Esperanza and her family moved to Mango Street.The house was red, rundown and old.She was not proud to say that this is house she lives in.
Esperanza gets a friend called Cathy only till next Tuesday.Cathy tells her that the neighborhood is getting bad.After Cathy moves out Meme Ortiz moves in.
"Cathy's father built the house Meme moved into.It is wooden.Inside the floors slant.Some rooms uphill.Some down.And there are no closets
Downstairs from Meme's is a basement apartment that Meme's mother fixed up and rented to a Puerto Rican family
Louie and his family moves into Meme's basement.Louie's cousin drives around with Marin, Louie's sisters, and Esperanza.Then Louie's cousin gets chased by the cops and crashes the car.
"Earl lives next door in Edna's basement, behind the flower boxes Edna paints green each year, behind the dusty geraniums."
"Earl lives in Edna's basement.When his door opens it lets out a breath of mold and darkness.You only see his wife sometimes at his apartment at night and everyone has their own opinion on how she looks like.Esperanza knows that she is a prostitute."
Esperanza doesn't want an apartment.She wants her own house and doesn't want a man to give it to her.She wants to leave Mango Street by herself.
"Not a flat.Not an apartment in the back.Not a man's house.Not a daddy's house.A house all my own."
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