Geraldo No Last Name by Sandra Cisneros

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(Comprehensive Guide to Short Stories, Critical Edition)

Marin, a young Puerto Rican woman who enjoys dancing, frequents dance halls in different parts of the city. One night at such a place she meets Geraldo, a young, attractive, and neatly dressed Mexican wearing green pants and a shiny shirt. He tells her his name and adds that he works in a restaurant. That is all the information Marin learns about him.

Later that night Geraldo is the victim of a hit-and-run accident and is taken to an emergency room in a hospital. After he dies, Marin is repeatedly questioned by hospital personnel and the police because Geraldo has no identification on him. In fact, his pockets are empty. Marin can provide only minimal information, for that is all she knows. She cannot understand why there is such intense interest in Geraldo. She thinks of him as a person whom “she didn’t even know,” yet she feels pity toward him. She thinks if only the surgeon...

(The entire section is 313 words.)