“One day I'll own my own house, but I won't forget who I am or where I came from. Passing bums will ask, Can I come in? I'll offer them the attic, ask them to stay, because I know how it is to be without a house. Some days after dinner, guests and I will sit in front of a fire. Floorboards will squeak upstairs. The attic grumble. Rats? they'll ask. Bums, I'll say, and I'll be happy.”
“I have begun my own quiet war. Simple. Sure. I am one who leaves the table like a man, without putting back the chair or picking up the plate.”
“You can never have too much sky. You can fall asleep and wake up drunk on sky, and sky can keep you safe when you are sad.”
“In English my name means hope. In Spanish it means too many letters.”
Esperanza: She was an activist who was trying to end slavery in Opium--end people being turned into eejits, and the Senator saw her as an embarrassment. So when she left, he told Maria she was dead. She shows up at the end of the story and has a hand in Matt's destiny.
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