The House on Mango Street Part VII: Chanclas, Hips, and The First Job

Sandra Cisneros

Part VII: Chanclas, Hips, and The First Job

New Characters:
Uncle Nacho: Esperanza’s uncle

Esperanza’s cousin by communion: a boy Esperanza knows through church

Aunt Lala: Esperanza’s aunt

Oriental man: a man who works with Esperanza at Peter Pan Photo Finishers

Chanclas
Esperanza’s mother comes home from buying new clothes for the family to wear to Esperanza’s cousin’s baptism party. Esperanza gets a beautiful new dress and slip, but her mother forgot to buy her new shoes. Uncle Nacho takes them to the church, where everyone seems to be having a good time except Esperanza. She feels stupid in her new dress and old shoes.

Esperanza’s cousin by communion asks her to dance, but...

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