The House On Mango Street: Chapter Summaries
"The House on Mango Street"
Esperanza tells the reader about the old apartment that she, her parents, her sister (Nenny) and her brothers (Carlos and Kiki) lived in. When the pipes broke in the apartment, the family was forced to move because the landlord would not fix the pipes.
After moving around quite a bit in a short period of time, the family finally settled on the house on Mango Street, which with only one bedroom and one bathroom was a far cry from the big white house with plenty of space they had all dreamed of. Though Esperanza’s parents promise they will not stay in the small house for very long Esperanza knows they likely will. She does not mind it as much as the old apartment, however, because her family owns the house so they do not have to deal with landlords, and also she does not feel quite as bad about it as she did the old apartment, though she still was far from proud of it.
Esperanza launches into a discussion about all the different types of hair are in her family. She describes the different textures, lengths, and smells of the hair belonging to her family members. She does not like her hair because she feels it never does anything that she wants it to. Her sister, Nenny, has very smooth hair, though it is quite oily.
Esperanza’s favorite hair belongs to her mother. Her mother has lovely hair, done up in pin curls and Esperanza loves the look of it and thinks that it smells like warm bread. In order to get a better smell of her mother’s hair, she likes to sleep next to her at night because the smell makes her feel warm and safe.
"Boys and Girls"
Esperanza explains the separation of boys and girls in her neighborhood. Outside of the home boys and girls were not allowed to socialize with one another, not even their own siblings. Esperanza’s brothers would talk to her at home but as soon as they left the house it was a different story, as they apparently “live in separate worlds”. As Esperanza does not yet have any friends, she is stuck hanging out with Nenny, though Esperanza does not find that fun because Nenny is young so Esperanza has to watch out for her and keep her away from the Vargas children, as per her parents’ orders. Esperanza says one day she will have a friend her age who understands her jokes and she will no longer be stuck with Nenny.
For the first time, the narrator reveals that her name is Esperanza. She says that in English it means “hope” but in Spanish it means “sadness” and “waiting”, or perhaps it means “too many letters”. She is named after her great-grandmother, and she and they both were born in the year of the Horse, according to the Chinese astrological charts.
Supposedly, being born in the year of the Horse is bad luck for women but Esperanza is not superstitious, she simply believes that men from her culture do not want women to be strong so they try to break them down. Her great-grandmother had been forced into marriage and spent her life miserably staring out the window, a fate which Esperanza is desperate not to repeat. Esperanza is jealous that her sister, who also has an unfortunate name, gets to go by a nickname, Nenny, rather than her full name, Magdalena.
Esperanza considers changing her name and tells the reader a couple of different ideas for a new one. The name Esperanza eventually decides on is Zeze the X.
"Cathy Queen of Cats"
There is a girl named Cathy who lives in Esperanza’s neighborhood and she becomes Esperanza’s best friend. Cathy seems to believe that she is a descendent of the Queen of France and thinks that one day she may perhaps inherit the castle from her. Cathy is quite the gossip and loves to tell Esperanza all of the dirt on the other people in the neighborhood.
Cathy tells Esperanza that she can only be her friend for the rest of the week because her family will be moving after that. As Cathy is a bit of a snob she disparages Esperanza and the rest of Mango Street when she says that her family is moving because the neighborhood is getting bad, though it is obvious that she means it is getting bad because families like Esperanza’s are moving in.
"Our Good Day"
Esperanza removes herself from her friendship with Cathy because she found two new friends, Lucy and Rachel, that she would rather be friends with and will share a bike with. Cathy tells Esperanza that her new friends smell, and she does not want Esperanza to hang around with them.
Lucy and Rachel are similar to Esperanza in that they are Chicana too, though their family is from Texas. Esperanza is embarrassed by her name and does not want to tell her new friends for fear that they will pick on her, but they do not seem to find it unusual at all. Esperanza borrowed money from Nenny to help Rachel and Lucy buy the bike that the three of them will share, so she knows that she must introduce Nenny to her friends eventually, though she decides to hold off for a while and keep them to herself.
Esperanza compares herself and Nenny to Rachel and Lucy. She explains that Rachel and Lucy look a lot alike, though Nenny and she do not look so much alike at all. However, Nenny and Esperanza have the same laugh that is loud and boisterous. Also, Nenny and Esperanza think alike, even in obscure circumstances.
One day, Esperanza saw houses that made her think of the ones she remembered from Mexico, but she could not explain why. Lucy and Rachel laughed at her, not understanding what she meant, though Nenny said she was thinking the same exact thing as Esperanza.
"Gil's Furniture Bought and Sold"
There is a junk store in the neighborhood that is run by a black man who does not even bother to turn on his lights unless he knows that the customers who are coming in have money. It is in that store that Esperanza’s family bought their refrigerator.
The store is a maze of odds and ends and Nenny asks the owner many questions though Esperanza does not speak to him much. Nenny sees a wooden box and asks the man about it. The man tells the girls that it is a music box, and he winds it up and plays it for them. Esperanza finds the music to be very emotional, and Nenny asks the man how much the music box is because she would like to buy it, but the man tells her it is not for sale.
Meme Ortiz’ real name is Juan, and he lives in the house that Cathy’s family used to live in. Meme has a dog that’s name is Juan, though it has an English name, as well. The house that Meme lives in was built by Cathy’s father and has lopsided steps and the floor slants.
There is a tree in Meme’s backyard that is taller than most of the houses and the whole neighborhood can be seen from it. The kids of the neighborhood hold the First Annual Tarzan Jumping Contest from Meme’s backyard where they take turns jumping from the tree. Meme wins the jumping contest but, in the process, he manages to break both of his arms.
"Louis, His Cousin & Other Cousins"
In the basement, of Meme’s house is an apartment that is inhabited by a Puerto Rican family. The oldest son of the family is named Louie, and he is friends with one of Esperanza’s brothers.
Louie’s cousin Marin also lives with his family and she is known for wearing a lot of makeup and black stockings. She is responsible for babysitting Louie’s siblings, so she does not get to leave the house much. One day Louie’s other cousin shows up in a yellow Cadillac one day and everyone is impressed by his car and wonders where he got it from. He lets all the kids get in, and drives them around the block a few times until he hears sirens, then he makes them all get out and he takes off. As he is hauling down the street, trying to outrun the cops he crashes into a street light and gets arrested.
Marin has a boyfriend back in Puerto Rico, who she says she is in love with and wants to marry but she also says she wants to stay in Chicago, get a job, and find a rich man who wants to marry her so she can get out of the barrio for good. Esperanza and her friends learn a lot of things from Marin, like how the number of calcium deposits on one’s fingernails correlates with the number of boys who like them. She also tells them how a girl gets pregnant and teaches them how to get rid of facial hair.
While Marin spends her days babysitting she spends her nights outside, dancing under the streetlights, smoking cigarettes, and waiting for a boy to come and sweep her off her feet. Esperanza believes that will always be Marin even when she gets older.
"Those Who Don't"
Esperanza finds it interesting how people who do not live in her neighborhood are fearful of it. They think that if they wander around that neighborhood at night they may get stabbed, but Esperanza and her friends feel safe there.
There are a few men in the neighborhood that the outsiders are scared of, but Esperanza and her friends know these men, and know that they are nothing to be scared of. She can understand where the outsiders are coming from, however, because if she goes into a neighborhood that is not her own she gets scared as well, especially if it is another ethnic neighborhood.
"There Was an Old Woman She Had So Many Children She Didn't Know What to Do"
The Vargas family, who Esperanza tries to keep Nenny away from because they are mostly bad kids, is overwhelmingly large. They live with their single mother, Rosa, who is extremely distraught because she has to care for all of her children alone since her husband left her without so much a note, let alone money to support the children.
At first, the people of the neighborhood felt bad for the children and for Rosa and even tried to help discipline the children when they misbehaved but eventually they saw the family as a lost cause and got so frustrated with the amount of damage the children caused to themselves and the community that they gave up. One of the Vargas children even died because of her reckless behavior and no one seemed to care much.
"Alicia Who Sees Mice"
One of the girls in the neighborhood, Alicia, is stuck with the task of caring for her father after her mother has passed away. Alicia is ambitious and determined to save herself from the life she is living by attending college, and she travels far to do so, though she still returns home to cook and clean for her father.
When Alicia is up late at night studying she sees mice, though her father tells her that there are no mice, and she should not waste her time studying. He gives her a hard time about going to school and tells her that a woman’s place is not in getting an education but in getting up early before everyone else to make tortillas for her siblings to have for lunch.
"Darius and the Clouds"
Esperanza especially hates living in the city because she cannot see enough of the sky, the clouds, or the butterflies and there are not enough flowers around. The children of the neighborhood all wish they could see more of nature, but they deal with what they have.
There is one particular day when the sky is full of fluffy clouds and all of the children are admiring them when a boy by the name of Darius, whom Esperanza does not like, calls one of the clouds “God”. Esperanza thinks this is very smart of him and develops a small amount of respect for him after that.
"And Some More"
Esperanza, Rachel, Lucy, and Nenny are sitting around one day talking about the different words that Eskimos call snow, which leads into a discussion about clouds and the different kinds. Esperanza says she knows the names “cumulus” and “nimbus”, but Nenny calls the clouds by people’s names, such as “Ted” and “Lisa.”
Rachel and Lucy call the clouds by what they look like and what their shapes remind them off. The girls begin arguing about what to call the clouds, except Nenny who stays out of the fights her sister has with her friends and keeps to herself. One of the girls says that Esperanza’s face is fat and ugly, and a slew of back and forth insults ensue amongst the girls.
"The Family of Little Feet"
Esperanza thinks about a family filled with people who have very small and fat feet. This reminds her of the time an old lady gave her, Rachel, Lucy, and Nenny high heels that just happened to fit their tiny feet. The girls admired how shapely and grown up their legs looked with the high heels on and wore them despite the fact that the men of the neighborhood told them that high heels were not meant for young girls as they are very suggestive.
One day a bum begins flirting with Rachel, and he asks her to kiss him for a dollar but she refused. The girls run back to Mango Street and leave their high heels on Rachel and Lucy’s porch. The girls’ mother throws the shoes out, which is fine with the girls because they never want to wear them again.
"A Rice Sandwich"
Esperanza wishes that she could eat lunch at the canteen with some of the other kids instead of having to go home for lunch, so she convinces her mother to write her a permission note and pack her a lunch. Esperanza’s sandwich is made of rice because her family is poor and cannot afford lunch meet, but still Esperanza is excited to eat at the canteen. Her teacher tells her she can eat at the canteen that one day, but in the future, she cannot because she lives too close to school.
The teacher accuses Esperanza of living in the tenements just down the street, which are in much worse condition than the house she actually lives in, but she does not bother to make the correction. She eats at the canteen but is extremely upset, and embarrassed so she does not enjoy the experience.
When Esperanza’s cousin is about to be baptized, she gets a pretty new dress that she is excited about, but she is upset because her mother does not get her the shoes that match the dress. She is embarrassed that she has to wear her worn out brown saddle shoes with her beautiful dress, so she does not want to dance at the party after the baptism.
Esperanza’s Uncle Nacho tells her that she is beautiful regardless of what shoes she is wearing and convinces her to dance with him anyway. Everyone at the party watches Esperanza and Uncle Nacho dance and cheers them on including one boy that Esperanza is especially happy is watching her.
One day while the four girls are playing and jumping rope they launch into a discussion about the purpose of hips, as they are all beginning to develop bigger ones. Rachel thinks that hips are to make it easier to hold a baby while cooking, but Esperanza does not think this is a very good purpose.
Lucy thinks that hips make a person a better dancer while Nenny believes that if a woman doesn’t develop hips she will turn into a man. Rachel and Lucy laugh at Nenny but Esperanza defends her. Esperanza says she learned from Alicia that hips have something to do with music and the girls begin to make up songs and dance while moving their hips. Nenny recites some rhymes and embarrasses Esperanza with her immaturity.
"The First Job"
Esperanza’s family wants to her take time away from playing and find a job over the summer to help her family with money. Esperanza delays looking but comes home one day to find that her aunt has gotten her one. Esperanza has to lie about her age because she is far too young to have a job but the job is easy so she takes it. She is in charge of matching negatives with photographs at the photofinishing place in town. She feels socially awkward because she is not sure what behavior is acceptable. Later in the day she meets an older Asian man who asks Esperanza to kiss him because it is his birthday. Esperanza agrees and leans over to give him a kiss on the cheek but the man grabs her face and lays a very long kiss right on her lips.
"Papa Who Wakes Up Tired In the Dark"
Esperanza’s father gives her the sad news that her grandfather (“abuelito”) has died. Her father is obviously very upset about it and has to go to Mexico for his funeral. Esperanza wonders what a Mexican funeral is like as she has never seen one before. She sees her father cry for the first time and is surprised by it.
Esperanza has to break the news to her brothers and sisters and explain to them that they have to stay in the house and play that day because they are in mourning. Esperanza has a hard time imagining what life would be like without her father around. He gets up very early in the morning every day to go to work to support his family, but, on this day, Esperanza is the one taking care of him as she holds him while he cries.
Esperanza and her friends play a game where they imitate someone else, usually a famous person, though, at times, they imitate people they know. One day Esperanza happened to imitate her Aunt Lupe and soon after Aunt Lupe died, so the girls pray for themselves because they feel like they may have had something to do with it. Esperanza liked her Aunt Lupe a lot.
In her youth, she was a great swimmer but was very ill in her adult years and confined to a bed. Esperanza used to visit Aunt Lupe and read some of her poetry, which her aunt really loved and told her to always keep writing because that was her ticket to be free. Esperanza feels terrible for picking on her aunt and thinks that maybe she will go to hell for it.
"Elenita, Cards, Palm, Water"
Elenita is a witch woman who lives in the neighborhood and Esperanza has her fortune told by Elenita one day. Despite the fact that she is a witch woman, she is just like the rest of the woman in the neighborhood only she seems to have a bit more money as she covers her furniture in plastic so as not to ruin it.
Elenita tries to show Esperanza how to see things as she does, but Esperanza has more interest in watching cartoons on television. While Elenita tries to give Esperanza a true Tarot reading Esperanza only wishes to know if she will have her own house in her future but Elenita sees only jealousy, sorrow, heart, and luxury. Esperanza is very disappointed with not getting the reading she wanted and goes home, after giving Elenita five dollars for the reading.
"Geraldo No Last Name"
At a dance, Marin meets and dances with a nice boy named Geraldo, though she does not know his last name. After the dance, Geraldo is hit by a car and taken to the emergency room where he dies because the doctors ignore him. Marin sits by his side the whole time, even though she did not really know him, and she has no idea why she would not leave his side. She tried to answer questions for the police officers, but she really did not know anything about him.
Esperanza imagines what she thinks Geraldo’s life was like, working odd jobs to survive and moving from apartment to apartment as most of the people in their neighborhood did. She imagines that he worked to send money back to Mexico and wondered how many people in Mexico would want to know he died.
Ruthie is an adult that never really grew up and likes to play with the children of the neighborhood and is also the daughter of a particularly mean landlord in the neighborhood. When the children are learning to whistle, Ruthie comes over to them, and shows them how beautifully she whistles.
One day she is invited to go to bingo with her mother and her mother’s friends and she is terrified at the thought of hanging out with them for the night. Ruthie got married very young and never had a job so she is socially awkward around adults, and does not really know how to take care of herself. When her husband goes to work, she stays at her mother’s house, and he comes over to pick her up on his way home.
Esperanza memorizes and recites a poem for Ruthie one day, but Ruthie does not know how to articulate her feelings so instead she tells Esperanza she has nice teeth.
"The Earl of Tennessee"
One of Esperanza’s neighbors is a jukebox repairman named Earl. Earl often yells at the children for making too much noise when he is trying to sleep because he works nights, but that is really the only time he is seen. He has two dogs that have a lot of energy and possibly make more noise than the kids do.
Every once in a while when he comes out of the house he gives the kids old records from jukeboxes he has fixed. As the neighborhood gossip goes, Earl has a wife though she rarely comes out of the house and every neighborhood who describes her gives a different description. The general consensus is that Earl has many different women who come and go from his house at various times.
Sire is a boy in the neighborhood that Esperanza develops a crush on after watching him stare at her for a while. Esperanza is obviously intimidated by Sire but drawn to him at the same time; when she walks by him she tries to avoid making eye contact and stares straight ahead.
Esperanza’s parents do not like Sire and want Esperanza to stay away from him. Sire’s girlfriend is a tiny girl named Lois who is not very bright. Esperanza watches Lois and Sire together and wonders what it would be like to be Lois. Her parents tell her not to envy Lois because she is a trashy sort of girl but Esperanza still wants to be that girl who hangs out with Sire at night with their arms around one another.
"Four Skinny Trees"
There are four trees outside the window of the bedroom that Esperanza and Nenny share and Esperanza has a connection with the trees that Nenny does not understand. Esperanza feels that she and the trees are similar because neither of them really belongs in the neighborhood but manage to survive anyway.
The trees still grow even being surrounded by cement and Esperanza does the same; she feels as though she and the trees all have a secret strength that keeps them going. The trees seem to work in unison, when one of them droops the others droop as well, much like Esperanza, Nenny, Rachel, and Lucy.
"No Speak English"
One of Esperanza’s neighbors brings his wife, Mamacita, and child to Mango Street from Mexico. Mamacita does not speak English and has no desire to learn it because she misses Mexico. Mamacita never leaves the house but just sits by her window and listens to Spanish radio all day.
Many people think she never leaves because she is too fat to get down the stairs, but Esperanza believes it is because she does not speak English and it is really hard to live in America for someone who does not speak English, as Esperanza learned from stories her father has told her. Mamacita is especially upset when her son learns English because she does not want him to speak this ugly language she just wants to go home.
"Rafaela Who Drinks Coconut & Papaya Juice on Tuesdays"
Rafaela is the very beautiful young wife of a man in Esperanza’s neighborhood. He is scared that she will run away or meet someone else while he is at work, so he locks her in their apartment. All Rafaela wants to do is go to the bar, dance, and just have fun while she is still young enough, but instead she stares out her window all day. She drops dollar bills out the window to Esperanza and her friends to get her coconut or papaya juice from the store every Tuesday.
There are many women older than Rafaela who are able to dance and have fun at the bar like Rafaela gets to do, though if any of them gets caught they will likely be locked up in their homes just as she is.
Sally is one of the girls in the neighborhood, and Esperanza thinks that she is very beautiful. Sally wears a lot of makeup and very short skirts with stockings. Because of the way Sally looks, and the way she acts, the boys spread a lot of rumors about her. Because of how beautiful Sally is her father makes her stay in the house because he thinks her looks will get her into trouble.
Esperanza envies Sally and wants to be her friend and learn to do her makeup the way that Sally does. Sally does not want to be confined to her house and does not want to worry about the gossip in the neighborhood and Esperanza feels bad for her.
"Minerva Writes Poems"
One of the girls in Esperanza’s neighborhood is named Minerva. Minerva is married and has two children that she raises alone because her husband leaves her regularly; however, Minerva is only two years older than Esperanza. Like Esperanza, Minerva is a writer, though she only gets to write after her children go to sleep.
Often Esperanza and Minerva share their poetry with one another and Esperanza feels bad for the situation Minerva is in. She always takes her husband back even though he beats her pretty badly every time he returns. One night after a particularly bad beating, Minerva visits Esperanza and asks for advice but Esperanza does not know what to tell her.
"Bums in the Attic"
Esperanza’s father works in a suburban neighborhood that is full of nice houses, and on the weekends her family would visit the neighborhoods and imagine what it would be like to live in the nice houses. Esperanza stops going with her family to see the houses because she knows that they will never have a house like that, and she is tired of pretending.
Esperanza knows that someday she will have a house that nice and when she does she will invite the bums of the neighborhood to live in her attic because she knows what it is like to not have a home. She says that people will think the squeaking noise is rats, but she will tell them that they are just bums.
"Beautiful & Cruel"
Esperanza worries that she is not pretty enough to meet a man who will take her out of her house, and she will be stuck there forever. Nenny, who is prettier than Esperanza, wants to find a man to marry that will take her out of the neighborhood, but she does not want to have a baby right away like Minerva’s sister did.
Esperanza’s mother tells that she will grow more beautiful with age, but Esperanza does not care because she wants to get out of the neighborhood by herself, not because she marries. Esperanza decides she is going to become an independent woman and act more like a man to show them that she has power over them. She begins her assertiveness by leaving the dinner table without being excused and refusing to wash dishes.
"A Smart Cookie"
Esperanza’s mother is a very intelligent woman, and could have done something amazing with her life, she thinks. She is bilingual, artistic, and handy though she lacks common sense in everyday situations, like riding the subway, which she cannot figure out.
Esperanza’s mother tries to teach her to be independent and strong, so she does not have to rely on a man in her life, just in case she finds herself without one someday. Her mother gives some examples of friends of hers that found themselves without their husbands and did not know how to function in life and take care of themselves. She does not want Esperanza to grow up sheltered because she is ashamed of her poverty, telling Esperanza that when she was younger she dropped out of school because she was embarrassed about her shabby clothing.
"What Sally Said"
Sally is often beaten by her father, though she denies that the bruises come from him when she is at school. Sally tells Esperanza the truth about her bruises and says that her father does not always use a belt but sometimes actually beats her with his hands. Sally wants to move into Esperanza’s house so she can be safe, and brings a bag over with the intentions of moving in, though her father turns up later that night crying and apologizes for the beatings. Sally moves back in with her father, and for a while, she is safe there though eventually her father begins to beat her again. One day Sally’s father beat her so badly with his hands that she could not go to school for two days.
"The Monkey Garden"
There was a family living in the neighborhood with a pet monkey, and when they moved away the children would play in the garden behind the house that became a junkyard for old cars and garbage. The kids like to explore the garden to see what kind of treasures it holds. One day when Esperanza and Sally are playing in the garden some boys come, and Esperanza wants to play with them, but Sally does not want to get dirty so she talks to the boys instead.
A boy named Toto steals Sally’s keys and says that in order to get them back she will have to kiss all of the boys, which she agrees to. In order to save Sally from being exploited she tells Tito’s mom but she does not care so Esperanza threatens the boys with a brick, causing the boys and Sally to laugh at her. Esperanza does not understand what has just happened and feels lost.
Esperanza goes to a local fair with Sally and loves hanging out with her. Sally disappears with an older boy and while she is gone Esperanza is attacked by a group of boys who are not Latino. The boys sexually assault Esperanza, though she does not specify how.
Esperanza is confused because this encounter was nothing like she thought it would be from watching movies and she is upset with Sally for leaving her because she believes that it never would have happened had Sally stuck by her side. Esperanza is upset that none of the other women ever told her that this is what sex would be like, and she feels ashamed, embarrassed, and angry.
Before the year is over Sally gets married, though she is very young. The man who marries Sally is a salesman who is quite a bit older than she is and he has to take her to another state because it is illegal to marry a girl as young as Sally in most states. Esperanza is sure that the only reason Sally marries her husband is because she wants to get away from her father, though her husband beats her, as well.
Sally pretends that she is happy because of the money her husband gives her but Esperanza knows that Sally feels like she is in prison as her husband never allows her to socialize or leave the house. She just spends her days staring at the various things around the house.
"The Three Sisters"
Esperanza has to go to a wake for Rachel and Lucy’s baby sister who has died. At the wake, Esperanza feels strange, but she sees three older ladies that are the girls’ aunts and finds them captivating. The women talk to Esperanza and tell her how beautiful her name is, which Esperanza has never thought.
They tell her to make a wish, which she does, and guess that her wish is to get out of the neighborhood. They tell her that when she gets out she must return to help the people she has left behind because she will always be Mango Street. Esperanza feels bad that her wish was selfish, though it is all she has ever wanted.
"Alicia & I Taking on Edna's Steps"
Alicia is from Guadalajara and knows that someday she will return there to live, which Esperanza is envious of because she feels that she has nowhere to call home. Alicia tells her that she has a home, but Esperanza refuses to call her house on Mango Street her home and cannot wait to leave. She does not wish to ever return to Mango Street until it is a better place, though there is no one to make it better. Alicia suggests that the Mayor will make it better, but that thought is laughable to both girls who know the Mayor will never step foot on or have any interest in Mango Street.
"A House of My Own"
Esperanza discusses how she will one day have a home of her own, and it will meet up to her certain specifications. She says that this house will not a man’s house and will not be run by anyone but herself because the house will be hers and only hers. She says the house will be beautiful, and have flowers out front and she will be able to leave her shoes next to her bed. It will be extremely clean, “clean as paper before the poem”, and will be a place where she feels safe and secure.
"Mango Says Goodbye Sometimes"
Esperanza calls herself a storyteller and says that the story she tells is of a girl who did not want to belong. She tells about the many different streets that her family had lived on over the years, but the place she remembers living in the most is the red house on Mango Street. Esperanza feels the only way she can escape Mango Street is through her writing because when she writes it disappears sometimes. She hopes to one day leave Mango Street, and knows people will wonder where she has gone with all of her books. Someday she will return ready to help all of the people that she has left behind.