House on Mango Street

5. Describe the author’s feelings about the Loomis Street apartment after the nun spoke to her about it one day. How did you feel about the nun’s response? How did the child respond and why?

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Esperanza recounts a tale of being asked to identify her house when a nun from her school passed by and interrupted her play. The mortification she felt from having to point to the apartment over a "laundromat" with peeling paint and barred windows and admit she lived there marks a turning point for the narrator. She knows that one day, she must have a real house. This introduces an important textual theme: the narrator's desire to find a physical and emotional space of her own.