The House on Mango Street Part IX: Geraldo No Last Name, Edna’s Ruthie, The Earl of Tennessee, and Sire

Sandra Cisneros

Part IX: Geraldo No Last Name, Edna’s Ruthie, The Earl of Tennessee, and Sire

New Characters:
Geraldo: a young man Marin meets at a dance

Ruthie: Edna’s daughter

Earl: the man who lives in Edna’s basement

Earl’s “wife”: the different women Earl brings home

Sire: a neighborhood boy

Lois: Sire’s girlfriend

Geraldo No Last Name
Marin meets Geraldo, a young Hispanic man, at a dance. He dies later that evening in a hit-and-run accident. No one seems to know anything about him, and no one seems to understand why Marin is so upset if she only met him that evening. Geraldo was a wetback, a temporary and probably illegal immigrant worker who didn’t speak any English and didn’t have any identification. No...

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