Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

by

Sandra Cisneros

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Mrs. Price Character Analysis

A teacher in “Eleven” who thinks that a disgusting old sweater found in her classroom belongs to Rachel. Despite Rachel’s protests, she urges the young girl to wear the sweater. This implies that Mrs. Price harbors a certain idea about Rachel and what kind of clothes she can afford to wear. As such, she emerges as a rather judgmental teacher who’s quick to jump to conclusions and who fails to sympathize with a student’s embarrassment.

Mrs. Price Quotes in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

The Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Price or refer to Mrs. Price. 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:
Love, The Joy of Life, & Interconnection Theme Icon
). 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.
Eleven Quotes

This is when I wish I wasn’t eleven, because all the years inside of me—ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, and one—are pushing at the back of my eyes when I put one arm through one sleeve of the sweater that smells like cottage cheese, and then the other arm through the other and stand there with my arms apart like if the sweater hurts me and it does, all itchy and full of germs that aren’t even mine.

That’s when everything I’ve been holding in since this morning, since when Mrs. Price put the sweater on my desk, finally lets go, and all of a sudden I’m crying in front of everybody. I wish I was invisible but I’m not. I’m eleven and it’s my birthday today and I’m crying like I’m three in front of everybody. I put my head down on the desk and bury my face in my stupid clown-sweater arms. My face all hot and spit coming out of my mouth because I can’t stop the little animal noises from coming out of me, until there aren’t any more tears left in my eyes, and it’s just my body shaking like when you have the hiccups, and my whole head hurts like when you drink milk too fast.

Related Characters: Rachel (speaker), Mrs. Price, Sylvia Saldívar
Page Number: 8
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mrs. Price Character Timeline in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Price appears in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Eleven
Cultural & National Identity Theme Icon
...were 102 years old, because then she’d know just how to respond when her teacher, Mrs. Price , pulls an ugly red sweater out of the classroom closet and asks who owns... (full context)
Love, The Joy of Life, & Interconnection Theme Icon
Cultural & National Identity Theme Icon
Rachel tries to explain that the sweater doesn’t belong to her, but Mrs. Price merely says, “Of course it’s yours. I remember you wearing it once.” Suddenly, as Mrs.... (full context)
Loss, Longing, & Grief Theme Icon
...to the edge of her desk until it drapes over the side, at which point Mrs. Price demands that she put the sweater on that very instant. “Now!” she says, and Rachel... (full context)