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The Day It Happened by Rosario Morales is basically about something that happens a lot in Hispanic families Its about domestic violence and a community that knows all about it This story is told in the first person point of view by a girl that seems to be the author herself Rosario Morales as a child This story takes place in an apartment building with thin walls somewhere in a city It starts off with the narrator washing her hair She had the bathroom window open and could see Maria who she called nosy even though they are equally nosy by how the story is told Basically half way through washing her hair nosy Maria sucks in air very loudly when she sees Josie leaving the house at 5 oclock just before her husband Ramon gets home The only reason that the narrator knew any of this was because their neighbor Olga rang the bell and knocked on the door when Josie was leaving to tell the narrators mother about all of this Some kid named Mikey had been the one to get the cab for Josie to leave in and he was telling everyone what was going on Basically as Josie is leaving Tona and Betty Murphy who are neighbors of Josie all go outside to help her leave Then the story goes through flashbacks of the past 6 months Basically Josie is leaving because after 6 months of being married to Ramon who has been an abusive husband Josie cant stand it anymore and has decides to leave Ramon works and when he gets home he expects a well-cooked meal waiting for him at home He screams at her if its not ready when he gets home or it if is he screams at her for being a lousy cook On Saturdays they would go out to party and Ramon would get angry at her if men looked at her for being too
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