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The House on Mango Street

by Sandra Cisneros

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Chanclas Summary

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Mama buys Esperanza new clothes for her cousin’s baptism but forgets to buy new shoes. At the baptism party, Mama is sick, and Esperanza thinks she has eaten too many tamales, but Uncle Nacho says she has had too much to drink. Esperanza is ashamed of her shoes and feels as though her feet are growing bigger. When a boy asks her to dance, she refuses, but finally, Uncle Nacho convinces her to dance with him. She and her uncle dance together, and everyone is impressed. Esperanza forgets about her clumsy shoes as the boy watches her dance.

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