The House on Mango Street

by: Sandra Cisneros

Sections 18–21

1

In the canteen, which was nothing special, lots of boys and girls watched while I cried and ate my sandwich, the bread already greasy and the rice cold.

2

But most important, hips are scientific, I say repeating what Alicia already told me. It’s the bones that let you know which skeleton was a man’s when it was a man and which a woman’s.

3

When lunchtime came, I was scared to eat alone in the company lunchroom with all those men and ladies looking, so I ate real fast in one of the washroom stalls and had lots of time left over, so I went back to work early.