The House on Mango Street
Important Quotations Explained
English my name means hope. In Spanish it means too many letters.
It means sadness, it means waiting.
then I am a red balloon, a balloon tied to an anchor.
She looked out the window her whole life, the way so many women
sit their sadness on an elbow. I wonder if she made the best with
what she got or was she sorry because she couldn’t be all the things
she wanted to be. Esperanza. I have inherited her name, but I don’t
want to inherit her place by the window.
Sally, you lied, you lied. He wouldn’t let me go. He said I love
you, I love you, Spanish girl.
this isn’t my house I say and shake my head as if shaking could
undo the year I’ve lived here. I don’t belong. I don’t ever want
to come from here.