In the stories "My name" and "Do not speak English," Cisneros describes a gap between two languages, an abyss of meaning and feeling. In English for example, Esperanza means hope, expectation; In Spanish, the narrator says that it suggests sadness and waiting. How does Esperanza feel about her two languages-and by extension about her two cultures? What does she think about society outside her neighborhood? Look at the chapters "Cathy cat queen," "Those who do not," "Dad who wakes up tired in the dark," "Geraldo without last name," and "Tramps in the attic."