Esperanza Rising

Los Cibuelas

Is there any description of Irene and Melina?

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Meanwhile, the harvest season for the grapes is coming to a close. All of the adults must work seven days a week in order to gather the last of the grapes before the autumn rains. Esperanza starts spending more time with her neighbors Irene and Melina, who is appears young and naive but is actually a mature woman who takes care of her husband and child. One afternoon, when the men are working in the fields and the women are working in the shed, a dust storm descends on the valley. Melina and Irene instruct Esperanza to get inside and stay away from the windows. Esperanza worries about her family and friends as the dust seeps into their cabin.