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The House on Mango Street Chapter 13

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Chapter 13

There Was an Old Woman She Had So Many Children She Didn't Know What to Do

  • Rosa Vargas is a single mother with a whole lot of kids. They're completely uncontrollable.
  • The kids are "without respect for all things living, including themselves" (13.3).
  • The neighbors try to watch out for the kids, but grow tired of worrying about them and give up.
  • No one pays attention with Efren chips his tooth, Refugia gets her head stuck in the gate, or Angel Vargas falls from Mr. Benny's roof.

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