1. But the house on Mango Street is not the way they told it
at all. -"The House on Mango Street"
2. Those who don't know any better come into our neighborhood
scared. All brown all around, we are safe. But watch us drive into a
neighborhood of another color and our knees go shakity-shake. -"Those Who
3. In the canteen, which was nothing special, lots of boys
and girls watched while I cried and ate my sandwich, the bread already
greasy and the rice cold. -"A Rice Sandwich"
4. Nenny, I say, but she doesn't hear me. She is too many
light-years away. She is in a world we don't belong to anymore. Nenny.
Going. Going. -"Hips"
5. You must keep writing. It will keep you free, and I said
yes, but at that time I didn't know what she meant. -"Born Bad"
6. [When her son tells her to speak English, Mamacita]
lets out a cry, a hysterical laugh, as if he had torn the only skinny
thread that kept her alive, the only road out to that country. And then,
to break her heart forever, the baby boy who has begun to talk, starts to
sing the Pepsi commercial he heard on T.V. -"No
7. Passing bums will ask, Can I come in? I'll offer them the
attic, ask them to stay, because I know how it is to be without a house. -"Bums
in the Attic"
8. When you leave you must remember to come back for the
others. A circle, understand? You will always be Esperanza. You will
always be Mango Street. You can't erase what you know. You can't forget
who you are. -"The Three Sisters"
9. Like it or not you are Mango Street, and one day you'll
come back too. -"Alicia & I Talking on Edna's Steps"
10. I put it down on paper and then the ghost does not ache so
much. I write it down and Mango says goodbye sometimes. She does not hold
me with both arms. She sets me free. -"Mango Says Goodbye Sometimes"