The Question and Answer section for Esperanza Rising is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Irene and Meina are two of the women (a mother and daughter) Esperanza meets at the camp. Irene was Melina's mother, and Melina was married with a baby of her own. Melina's husband once worked for a close friend of Esperanza's father.
- naive about the world (at first)
- able to change and adapt
Esperanza's feelings were hurt. She'd never had to help with the chores and didn't know how to perform the tasks the women required of her. She was embarrassed.