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Alicia's dad tells her that the mice that infest their dilapidated home don't exist. He tells her she needs to sleep so she can wake up early in the morning and make tortillas for the family, the way her mother did when she was alive.
Alicia goes to college so she can escape life in a factory or "behind a rolling pin" (14.2).
The only things the narrator's friend Alicia fears are "four-legged fur" and fathers (14.2).