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The House on Mango Street

by Sandra Cisneros

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Gil’s Furniture Bought and Sold Summary

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There is a junk store in the neighborhood, owned by an old Black man. Esperanza’s family bought their refrigerator there, and Esperanza once bought a copy of the Statue of Liberty for a dime. Except for when she bought this, she has never spoken to the old man, but Nenny is always asking him questions. Once, Nenny asked him about an old wooden music box, and the old man played a tune with it, which moved Esperanza to tears. Nenny wanted to buy the box, but the old man said it was not for sale.

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