"It's small and red with tight steps in front and windows so small you'd think they were holding their breath." (Cisneros 4)
Esperanza lives here with her mom, dad, Carlos, Kiki, and Nenny.
“It is wooden. Inside the floors slant. Some rooms uphill. Some down. And there are no closets.” (Cisneros 21)
Cathy lives here and she owns a lot of cats. She was one of Esperanza's first friends. Meme Ortiz later moved into this house.
"Around the back is a yard, mostly dirt and bunch of greasy boards that used to be a garage. But what you might remember most is this tree, huge, with fat arms, and might families of squirrels in the higher branches." (Cisneros 22)
"This is the tree we chose for the First Annual Tarzan Jumping Contest" (Cisneros 22)
"Mr. Benny at the corner store puts down his important cigar: Your mother knows you got shoes like that? Who give you those? Nobody. Them are dangerous, he says. You girls too young to be wearing shoes like that." (Cisneros 41)
Benny's & Blanca's Corner Store
"Benny and Blanca own the corner store. They're okay except don't lean on the candy counter." (Cisneros 12)
"But Ruthie lives here and Edna can't throw her out because Ruthie is her daughter." (Cisneros 68)
Earl lives next door in Edna's basement, behind the flower boxes Edna paints green each year, behind the dusty geraniums." (Cisneros 70)
Building that Edna used to own
"They are the only ones who understand me. I am the only one who understands them. Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine. Four who do not belong here but are here." (Cisneros 74)
Esperanza feels a connection to these trees because she can relate to them in many ways.