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The House on Mango Street

by Sandra Cisneros

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Esperanza wants to live in a house on a hill, like the ones where her father works in the gardens. She used to go and look at these houses and gardens with her family on Sundays but has grown tired of looking at what she cannot have. When she owns her own house, she will not forget what it was like to be poor. She will invite passing “bums” to stay in her attic. When her guests hear creaking upstairs, they will ask if she has rats in the attic, and she will say “Bums” and be happy.

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