Every once in a while, she just breaks down, sometimes for no reason. She always makes sure that no one is around and the only one who can see her is her father, who shines down on her through the window.<< Gorgeous description, and beautiful drawing.
A motif in the novel is falling. The people fear falling and some actually do. They fear failure and injuries. Both Angle and Meme fall from tremendous heights. Esperanza fears falling and plans to float away as she is a red balloon.