The House on Mango Street Chapter 22 Summary
Papa Who Wakes Up Tired in the Dark
- Esperanza's Papa sits on her bed and tells her that her grandfather is dead. He cries – Esperanza has never seen her dad cry before.
- Esperanza knows that Papa will have to fly to Mexico, and imagines what the traditionally Mexican funeral will be like.
- It's Esperanza's responsibility to tell her younger brothers and sister the news, because she's the oldest.
- This is different from the family's usual routine – usually Papa wakes up before dawn and leaves the house before his children are awake. Today Esperanza holds her Papa in her arms and comforts him.