Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

by

Sandra Cisneros

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Patricia Bernadette Benavídez (Trish) Character Analysis

A girl in “My Tocaya” who has skipped several grades in school and works for her father at Father & Son’s Taco Palace No. 2. Trish wears “glitter high heels” to school, a choice the Tocaya narrator critiques by saying that anybody who styles herself in this manner is “destined for trouble.” She also speaks in a “breathless and sexy” fake voice like “a British Marilyn Monroe.” When she goes missing, the narrator guesses that she ran away from home, perhaps to escape her abusive father. In her absence, everybody (except the narrator) says nice things about her, even if they hardly know her. The narrator, for her part, only cares about Trish’s absence because Trish was in the middle of setting her up with Max Lucas Luna Luna. After Trish is declared dead, she wanders into the police station, relieving everybody but the narrator, who jokes that she doesn’t even know how to “die right.”
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Patricia Bernadette Benavídez (Trish) Character Timeline in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

The timeline below shows where the character Patricia Bernadette Benavídez (Trish) appears in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
My Tocaya
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...in her class who has the same name as her: Patricia. This girl goes by “Trish”—a fact that annoys the narrator—and gains something like fame when she dies and newspapers and... (full context)
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The narrator of "My Tocaya" explains that Patricia BenavídezTrish—has always been the “‘son’ half of Father & Son’s Taco Palace No. 2 even before... (full context)
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Several weeks after Trish’s disappearance, her mother takes out an ad in the newspapers asking if anybody has seen... (full context)
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One day before her disappearance, Trish tells the narrator of "My Tocaya" that Max Lucas Luna Luna has a crush on... (full context)
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The narrator of "My Tocaya" is upset to hear about Trish’s disappearance because it means she has lost an important part of her relationship with Max.... (full context)
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Just as the commotion around Trish’s disappearance dies down, a group of children playing in a drainage ditch find a dead... (full context)