The House on Mango Street Part XI: Rafaela Who Drinks Coconut & Papaya Juice on Tuesdays and Sally

Sandra Cisneros

Part XI: Rafaela Who Drinks Coconut & Papaya Juice on Tuesdays and Sally

New Characters:
Rafaela: a neighbor of Esperanza

Rafaela’s husband: locks up Rafaela in the apartment

Sally: a friend and classmate of Esperanza

Sally’s father: who beats Sally

Cheryl: Sally’s ex-best friend

Rafaela Who Drinks Coconut & Papaya Juice on Tuesdays
Rafaela’s husband locks her in their apartment on Tuesday nights when he goes to play dominoes. He is afraid she’ll run off because she is very young and beautiful. She leans out of the window and watches Esperanza and her friends play, then throws them money and asks them to buy her juice at the store. She pulls the juice up to her window with a clothesline. Rafaela would...

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