"But why does Carmen need to take care of the beggar at all?" said Esperanza. "Look. Only a few yards away is the farmer's market with carts of fresh food." (5.97)
"There is a Mexican saying: 'Full bellies and Spanish blood go hand in hand.' [...] Have you never noticed?" he said, sounding surprised. "Those with Spanish blood, who have the fairest complexions in the land, are the wealthiest."
"They work wherever there is something to be harvested. Those camps, the migrant camps, are the worst."
"Like when we were in El Centro?" said Isabel.
"Worse," said Josefina.
Esperanza tried to imagine conditions that were more shabby than this room that was covered in newspaper to keep out the wind. Could things possibly be worse? (8.65-67, 74)