The House on Mango Street By Sandra Cisneros "A Smart Cookie"
I could've been somebody, you know
She has lived in the city her whole life. She can speak two languages. She can sing an opera. She knows how to fix a T.V. But she doesn't know which subway train to take to get downtown. I hold her hand very tight while we wait for the right train to arrive.....She used to draw when she had time. Now she draws with a needle and thread, little-knotted rosebuds.
I could've been somebody, you know? Esperanza, you go to school. Study hard. That Madame Butterfly was a fool...Look at my comadres...
She means Izaura whose husband left and Yolanda whose husband is dead.
Got to take care all your own, Shame is a bad thing. It keeps you down. Do you want to know why I quit school? Because I didn't have nice clothes, but I had the brains. Yup, I was a smart cookie then.