The House on Mango Street Chapter 29 - Four Skinny Trees
Esperanza feels a kindred spirit with the four skinny trees beside her house. They are tall, thin, and have pointy elbows, just like her. They do not belong where they are planted, but continue to strive nonetheless. "Their strength is secret. They send ferocious roots beneath the ground. They grow up and they grow down and grab the earth between their hairy toes and bite the sky with violent teeth and never quit their anger. This is how they keep" Chapter 29, pg. 74. They must work together to grow, and they continue to do so together. Their presence keeps Esperanza going.