The House on Mango Street Part XIV: The Monkey Garden, Red Clowns, and Linoleum Roses

Sandra Cisneros

Part XIV: The Monkey Garden, Red Clowns, and Linoleum Roses

New Characters:
Tito’s mother: who Esperanza runs to for help

Man at carnival: a man who molests Esperanza

Sally’s husband: a salesman

The Monkey Garden
Esperanza describes the monkey garden, a neighborhood garden where the previous owners kept a pet monkey. The garden has since grown wild and is now a place where they can play and disappear for a while. Esperanza describes the last time she went there, the time she wanted to die.

Esperanza wanted to play in the garden with the other children, but someone said she was too big to play. She urged Sally to join her, but Sally wanted to stay with Tito and his friends. Sally flirted with the boys and they...

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