Esperanza say's she's not pretty. That she's nobody's first choice. She has decided that she doesn't care, she's not going to grow up. She is not going to let anyone tame her. She is going to be like the girl in the movies, who drives the men crazy and laughs at them. She want's to have her own power.
"Nenny you're pretty, you have pretty eyes. It's easy to talk to someone if you're pretty."
"I won't wait my whole life for a husband, and I'm not going to be like Minerva's sister and have a baby. I want to pick and choose my own things."
"I am the ugly daughter. I'm the one nobody comes for."
"When you get older your hair will settle and your blouse will learn to stay clean."
"I have decided not to grow up tame like the others who lay their necks on the threshold waiting for the ball and chain." to be American means you have freedom. You can do whatever you want, and you don't need a man to control your life.