The House on Mango Street
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We didn't always live on Mango Street. Before that we lived on Loomis on the third floor, and before that we lived on Keeler. Before Keeler it was Paulina, and before that I can't remember. But what I remember most is moving a lot. (1.1)
At the opening of the novel, Esperanza feels like a vagabond – her family has moved so often that she doesn't feel like she can claim any one place as home.
The house on Mango Street is ours, and we don't have to pay rent to anybody, or share the yard with the people downstairs, or be careful not to make too much noise, and there isn't a landlord banging on the ceiling with a broom. But even so, it's not the house we'd thought we'd get. (1.2)
Esperanza sounds relieved to feel like her family actually owns a home – they can call the place they occupy their own.
I knew then I had to have a house. A real house. One I could point to. But this isn't it. The house on Mango Street isn't it. (1.11)
This is where Esperanza's obsession with owning a house is born.