Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

by

Sandra Cisneros

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Cleófilas Enriqueta DeLeón Hernández Character Analysis

The protagonist of “Woman Hollering Creek,” a woman who marries Juan Pedro and moves with him from Mexico to the United States despite her father’s misgivings. Cleófilas yearns for passion, but when she starts her new life in America, she realizes she’s married an abusive, slovenly man prone to drinking and abuse. Still, she and Juan Pedro have a child, Juan Pedrito, and she tries to endure her sorrow. Feeling alone in Texas, she misses the telenovelas she used to watch in Mexico, and even tries to peer through the windows into her neighbor’s house to watch the episodes. When she gets pregnant a second time, Cléofilas makes arrangements to secretly leave Juan Pedro, planning to return to Mexico. When Felice, the nurse who helps her escape, collects her and Juan Pedrito in a pickup truck, Cléofilas is astounded by the woman’s autonomy and free spirit, delighting in the power of this independent woman helping her regain her agency and life.

Cleófilas Enriqueta DeLeón Hernández Quotes in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

The Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories quotes below are all either spoken by Cleófilas Enriqueta DeLeón Hernández or refer to Cleófilas Enriqueta DeLeón Hernández. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage Books edition of Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories published in 1991.
Woman Hollering Creek Quotes

They want to tell each other what they want to tell themselves. But what is bumping like a helium balloon at the ceiling of the brain never finds its way out. It bubbles and rises, it gurgles in the throat, it rolls across the surface of the tongue, and erupts from the lips—a belch.

If they are lucky, there are tears at the end of the long night. At any given moment, the fists try to speak. They are dogs chasing their own tails before lying down to sleep, trying to find a way, a route, an out, and—finally—get some peace.

Page Number: 48
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Cleófilas Enriqueta DeLeón Hernández Character Timeline in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

The timeline below shows where the character Cleófilas Enriqueta DeLeón Hernández appears in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Woman Hollering Creek
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As soon as Don Serafín gives Juan Pedro Martínez Sánchez permission to marry his daughter Cleófilas and take her from Mexico to the United States, he predicts the marriage will fail... (full context)
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Cleófilas is used to a slow life in Mexico, a life comprised of long afternoons spent... (full context)
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Loss, Longing, & Grief Theme Icon
Living in Seguin, Texas, Cleófilas wants to know how Woman Hollering Creek—which runs behind her house—got its name. Unfortunately, though,... (full context)
Female Objectification & Power Theme Icon
Loss, Longing, & Grief Theme Icon
The first time Juan Pedro hits her, Cleófilas doesn’t even try to defend herself. Although she’s always vowed to herself that she’d hit... (full context)
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Loss, Longing, & Grief Theme Icon
...the local ice house, where a group of men hang around drinking and joking. Sometimes Cleófilas comes along, sitting quietly and slowly sipping her beer as the men make disgusting jokes.... (full context)
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Despite Cleófilas’s sorrow, there are moments of happiness, like when she comes home from the hospital after... (full context)
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While Cleófilas does the dishes one afternoon, she hears one of Juan Pedro’s friends say that what... (full context)
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When Juan Pedro’s out of the house, Cleófilas goes to the window and watches the telenovelas playing in Soledad’s house. She thinks about... (full context)
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Cleófilas insists to Juan Pedro that she has to go to the doctor’s to “make sure... (full context)
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Loss, Longing, & Grief Theme Icon
When Cleófilas goes to the doctor’s office, a nurse named Graciela steps out of the room and... (full context)
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When Felice arrives at the Cash N Carry on Thursday, Cleófilas is surprised that she’s driving a large pickup truck. On their way to the bus... (full context)
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Cleófilas is astonished and impressed by Felice’s behavior. She asks if the pickup truck belongs to... (full context)