family moves to Mango Street, but tells her their friendship will be short lived her family is moving on Tuesday because the neighborhood is getting bad.
Cathy tugged Esperanza by the arm so she wouldn't be around the girls
Cathy said she is related to the queen of France
a geographical and cultural picture from both the past and the present of Mango Street
Esperanza explains that although she and Nenny do not look alike as Lucy and Rachel do, they do have a lot in common.
our good day
Cathywants Esperanza to avoid Lucy and Rachel because they “smell like a broom
promise to be Esperanza’s friend if she will pitch in five dollars for a bike.
them because they share her status as an “outsider.” These are people who could be real friends, who don’t look down on he based on.
Lucy pedals, Esperanza sits behind her, and Rachel sits on. The girls ride down the street and around the block, laughing.
Having a bike as well as friends part of Esperanza’s desire for autonomy, and getting these things all at once
Lucy and Rachel
the picture of her on a bicycle with Lucy and Rachel evokes a sense of real friendship.
one blue sock and one green because she forgot, is the only grown-up we know who likes to play.
Esperanza's friendships with her childhood friends can be easily broken. Esperanza acknowledges at the end
Esperanza's willingness to do something she doesn't like just to be with her friend Sally hints
Cathy is one of Esperanza’s neighbors who has lots of cats and claims to be related to the queen of France. She talks to Esperanza about the neighbors on Mango Street, and insults almost all of them. Cathy agrees to be Esperanza’s friend until the next Tuesday, when her family is moving away. Cathy says the neighborhood is getting bad. This offends Esperanza, as families like hers just started moving in.
Cathy queens of cats
the two girls said if they pay them 5 dollors they well be her friend. esperanza had to think twice before she do.
our good day
Rachel and Lucy are Esperanza's best friends. Rachel and Lucy are Mexican-American sisters who live across the street from Esperanza.
Lucy and Rachel
is okay i for giver you (but really they lied about it)
chronicles a year in her life as she matures emotionally and sexually
In the vignette "Cathy Queen of Cats," Cathy invites Esperanza to her house and lets her see all her cats. Esperanza said, "her house is like cat heaven" (Cisneros 13). That is a simile because it uses the word "like" to compare her house and heaven. What the author means by it is that Cathy has so many cats that it's like a paradise for cats. It also could show that Cathy takes very good care of her cats, therefore making it cat heaven.
In the vignette "Our Good Day," Esperanza meets her neighbors, Lucy and Rachel, who are from Texas. She becomes their friend and pays them five dollars so they can buy a bicycle. They ride it all together, which "makes the bike all wobbly as if the wheels are spaghetti" (Cisneros 16). What Esperanza means by this is that all three of them on the bike makes it wobbly and the wheels are shaking and sort of unsteady like spaghetti noodles.
In the Vignette "Laughter," Esperanza and Nenny spend time with Rachel and Lucy. Esperanza explains the ways that she and Nenny are similar, for example their laugh. She says that their laugh is "Not the shy ice cream bells giggle of Rachel and Lucy's family, but all of a sudden and surprised like a pile of dishes breaking" (Cisneros 17). This means that their laugh is not quiet and soft like Rachel and Lucy, but that it's loud and surprising.