On Sundays, Esperanza's family drives out to the neighborhood where Esperanza's Papa works to look at the beautiful houses and dream of what it would be like to be rich. Esperanza stops going with her family, because she's ashamed to be staring out the window at things she can't have.
Esperanza thinks the people who live on the hill live so close to the stars they've forgotten what it's like to live close to the earth, like she does. She vows that when she's rich, she won't forget where she came from. When passing bums ask for a place to stay, she will offer them her attic.