House on Mango Street

What is the effect of describing Esperanza's house "with its tucked under like a cat"?

chapter ; Meme Ortiz 

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The metaphor Esperanza uses to describe her own house is "with its feet tucked under like a cat." Indeed, Esperanza sees her home not only as a source of shame, but through an aura of respite and comfort. Just as cats instinctually find their way home, so too will Esperanza.