“Esperanza couldn’t talk. Her heart felt so big and hurt so much that it crowded out her voice” (p. 28).
Mama's challenges because of her husband's death are similar, yet different. She finds out that she has to look out for the health and safety of her family since the land could not be owned by a woman in Mexico in the 1930s. Papa's bad brother owns it and he is trying to get her to sell the house or be his wife. She responds to this challenge by saying:
"This is our home. My husband meant for us to live here. And the house...it is worth twenty times this much! So no, I will not sell. Besides, where would we live?"