Part VIII: Papa Who Wakes Up Tired in the Dark, Born Bad, and Elenita, Cards, Palm, Water
Aunt Guadalupe (Aunt Lupe): Esperanza’s invalid aunt
Frank and Totchy: Aunt Lupe’s children
Elenita: a fortune teller in Esperanza’s neighborhood
Ernie: Elenita’s son
Papa Who Wakes Up Tired in the Dark
Esperanza’s father wakes her up early one morning to tell her that her grandfather has died. She is the first child he tells because she is the oldest, and she will have to tell the others. Esperanza wonders what she would do if she lost her father, who is always up and off to work before they even wake up. She has never seen him cry before, and she takes him into her arms and holds him.
(The entire section is 1340 words.)