In the vignette ‘Rafaela Who Drinks Coconut & Papaya Juice on Tuesdays’, what does it mean to “[be kept] on a silver string”?
It means that rafaela is trapped .
Rafaela is another neighbor of Esperanza’s. On Tuesdays Rafaela’s husband goes out to play poker and he locks Rafaela into their apartment. He is afraid she will escape because she is so beautiful. The apartment is on the third floor, and Rafaela leans out the window and listens to the music from the bar down the street. She wants to dance there while she is still young. Sometimes she drops a dollar out the window so Esperanza and the other children can go buy her a coconut or papaya which they then send up on a clothesline.