Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

by

Sandra Cisneros

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The Lucy Narrator Character Analysis

A girl who describes Lucy Anguiano to readers in “My Lucy Friend Who Smells like Corn.” As the narrator talks about her friend, it becomes clear that she covets Lucy, a sentiment confirmed by her assertion that she wants to lie in the sun so that her skin will be as dark as Lucy’s. The narrator teases Janey Ortiz and revels in her friendship with Lucy, asking her, “We could be sisters, right?”

The Lucy Narrator Quotes in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

The Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories quotes below are all either spoken by The Lucy Narrator or refer to The Lucy Narrator. 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.
My Lucy Friend Who Smells Like Corn Quotes

I’m sitting in the sun even though it’s the hottest part of the day, the part that makes the streets dizzy, when the heat makes a little hat on the top of your head and bakes the dust and weed grass and sweat up good, all steamy and smelling like sweet corn.

I want to rub heads and sleep in a bed with little sisters, some at the top and some at the feets. I think it would be fun to sleep with sisters you could yell at one at a time or all together, instead of alone on the fold-out chair in the living room.

Related Characters: The Lucy Narrator (speaker), Lucy Anguiano
Page Number: 4
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Lucy Narrator Character Timeline in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

The timeline below shows where the character The Lucy Narrator appears in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
My Lucy Friend Who Smells Like Corn
Cultural & National Identity Theme Icon
Coming of Age Theme Icon
The story opens with a description of Lucy Anguiano, a girl whom the narrator of "My Friend Lucy..." describes as smelling “like corn, like Frito Bandito chips, like tortillas, something like that warm... (full context)
Female Objectification & Power Theme Icon
Cultural & National Identity Theme Icon
Coming of Age Theme Icon
The narrator of "My Friend Lucy..." declares she’s going to sit in the sun even though it’s incredibly hot outside. She... (full context)
Love, The Joy of Life, & Interconnection Theme Icon
Cultural & National Identity Theme Icon
Coming of Age Theme Icon
The narrator of "My Friend Lucy..." imagines having sisters of her own, wishing she could sleep with them instead of by... (full context)