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And Some More
In this chapter we witness the banter normally exchanged by the Esperanza, Nenny, Lucy and Rachel as they hang around the neighborhood together. A random discussion about different names- for people, snow, and even clouds leads into a war of words in which the weapon is wit.
The most important symbol in this chapter is the clouds, which we already know have spiritual meaning for Esperanza. Indeed, the clouds fill many functions, and in this case they are a source of entertainment. Nenny's refusal to stop naming the clouds as the other three match wits maintains a level of friendliness, and the fight is ended when the clouds provide the answer to the retort "Who's stupid? Rachel, Lucy, Esperanza, and Nenny. Indeed, in this chapter the plethora of clouds are a metaphor for the girls' own erratic behavior, as their attitudes and moods are always changing.