Study Guide

The House on Mango Street Chapter 42

By Sandra Cisneros

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Chapter 42

Alicia & I Talking on Edna's Steps

  • Alicia listens to Esperanza as she expresses her sadness over not having a home of which she's proud.
  • Alicia says that, like it or not, Esperanza is Mango Street, and that one day she'll return to it.
  • Esperanza says she'll never return to Mango Street until someone makes it better.
  • Alicia asks Esperanza who's going to make it better. The mayor?
  • The thought of the mayor coming to Mango Street makes Esperanza laugh. She knows the mayor will never do anything to help the people of Mango Street.

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