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The House on Mango Street

by Sandra Cisneros

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Rafaela Who Drinks Coconut & Papaya Juice on Tuesdays Summary

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Rafaela is a young woman whose husband locks her in the house because she is beautiful, and he is afraid she will run away. On Tuesdays, he plays dominoes and comes home late, so Rafaela is locked inside all evening. Rafaela throws money down from the window to the children, who buy her coconut or papaya juice at the local store. As she drinks the juice in the empty room, she thinks of the dance hall along the street, where other women are being offered sweeter drinks and sweeter lives than hers.

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