How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

by: Julia Alvarez

Important Quotations Explained

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The words tumble out, making a sound like the rumble of distant thunder, taking shape, depth, and substance. Yo continues: "Doc, rock, smock, luck," so many words. There is no end to what can be said about the world.

After Yolanda's stay in the mental hospital in Chapter 3, she begins to reclaim language and its meanings. Following the period when she could only quote or misquote things she had read or heard, she is able to label objects and play word games. By rhyming and naming, Yolanda regains the ability to use language and convey meaning. This moment signals a recovery from her mental breakdown. Her realization that there are limitless things to be said about the world indicates an artistic as well as emotional healing has taken place. She is prepared to write to a broader audience, as well as communicate with the people she loves and cares about.