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Four Skinny Trees
No Speak English
Rafaela Who Drinks Coconut and Papaya Juice on Tuesdays
In the vignette "Four Skinny Trees", Esperanza talks about four skinny trees. She describes the trees as grabbing "the earth between their hairy toes and bites the sky with violent teeth and never quit their anger"(Cisneros 74). Esperanza says the four skinny trees are the only ones who understands her. She feels small when she stands against so many bricks, but then she looks at the trees. She thinks about the four trees that grew despite the concrete, reached, and never forgot to reach.
In the vignette "No Speak English", a taxi comes one day to the apartment and from the taxi a tiny foot came out and then another. The taxi driver and another man had push, pull, push, pull then "POOF!"(Cisneros 77) a huge, enormous, and beautiful woman came out of the taxi. The woman was called named Mamacita by Rachel and she lives in an apartment and rarely comes outside because she can't speak English. This makes her hard to fit into the people around her.
In the vignette "Rafaela Who Drinks Coconut and Papaya Juice on Tuesdays", is about a woman named Rafaela and she is locked in a room by her husband. her husband is afraid she will run away because she is pretty. One day Rafaela "leans on her elbow and dreams her hair is like Rapunzel's"(Cisneros 79). Rafaela can't get out, so on Tuesdays she asks kids to get her coconut or papaya juice. Rafaela wishes she could get out and go to the bar that is on the corner of the block before she gets old.
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