The House on Mango Street
How we cite our quotes:
Someday I will have a best friend all my own. One I can tell my secrets to. One who will understand my jokes without my having to explain them. Until then I am a red balloon, a balloon tied to an anchor. (3.4)
The image of a red balloon tied to an anchor is a beautiful picture of Esperanza's loneliness, and a great example of Cisneros's poetic style.
You want a friend, she says. Okay, I'll be your friend. But only till next Tuesday. (4.3)
Cathy's snobbishness provides some comic relief here – her statement reminds us of how quickly friendships can form and dissolve among little kids.
If you give me five dollars I will be your friend forever. That's what the little one tells me.
Five dollars is cheap since I don't have any friends except Cathy who is only my friend till Tuesday. (6.1)
Again – making friends seems so easy when you're a little kid.