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The House on Mango Street

by Sandra Cisneros

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Alicia & I Talking on Edna’s Steps Summary

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Last Updated January 10, 2023.

Esperanza likes Alicia, because Alicia once gave her a leather purse with the word Guadalajara stitched onto it. She tells Alicia that she is sad because she does not have a house. Alicia says that she has a house here, on Mango Street, but Esperanza says she does not belong here and does not want to come from here, as Alicia comes from Guadalajara. Alicia says that, whether she likes it or not, this is her home, and she will return here. Esperanza does not want to come back until someone makes the street better but thinks no one is likely to do this, certainly not the mayor, who will never come to Mango Street.

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