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The House on Mango Street

by Sandra Cisneros

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The Earl of Tennessee Summary

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Last Updated January 9, 2023.

Earl lives next door to Esperanza and works nights as a jukebox repair man. He has two small black dogs which accompany him everywhere and look “like an apostrophe and a comma” when they leap in the air. Earl is from the South, wears a felt hat in all weather, and smokes cigars. His apartment is full of records, which he sometimes gives to the children, except the country and western ones. People say that Earl is married and that his wife sometimes comes to his apartment, but when they try to say what she looks like, they all describe different women, none of whom ever stay for long.

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