What is one event that happens in Esperanza's house?

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One incident that occurs in the house is in the chapter entitled "Papa Who Wakes Up Tired in the Dark."

Esperanza is awakened while it is still dark; her father is in her room, saying, "Your abuelito [grandfather] is dead." She knows that her father will take a plane to Mexico for the funeral, and he will return with a black-and-white photograph of the family before the tomb. He has told Esperanza first because she is the oldest; now, it will be her duty to inform her siblings. She must also explain to the younger ones that they must not play any games that cause them to make noise; instead, out of respect for their father's grief, they must be quiet.

Turning to look closely at her father, Esperanza reflects upon this man upon her bed:

My Papa,...who wakes up tired in the dark, who combs his hair with water, drinks his coffee, and is gone before we wake, today is sitting on my bed. 

Suddenly Esperanza wonders what she would do if her own Papa died. With sudden emotion, she holds her father with the fierceness of a fearful love. "I hold and hold and hold him."

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The House on Mango Street

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