The House on Mango Street Part XII: Minerva Writes Poems and Bums in the Attic

Sandra Cisneros

Part XII: Minerva Writes Poems and Bums in the Attic

New Characters:
Minerva: a neighbor and friend of Esperanza

Minerva’s husband: frequently beats his wife

Minerva Writes Poems
Minerva, who is just a few years older than Esperanza, already has two children. She also has a husband who beats her. Minerva often kicks her husband out, but he apologizes and she lets him come back, only to have him beat her again. Minerva cries often, and at night, when she is alone, she writes poems on scraps of paper. She and Esperanza share their poems with each other.

Bums in the Attic
Esperanza wants a house like the ones her father takes the family to see on Sundays—a house on a hill with a garden. Esperanza refuses to...

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