Esmeralda is one of Bill and Peg Boggs' neighbors. A parody of a reactionary born-again Christian, Esmeralda is convinced from the very moment Edward enters the neighborhood that he is evil, warning her neighbors that he has "the sign of Satan on him." At first they ignore her, but as the neighbors' attitudes toward Edward turn from accepting to suspicious, they begin to pay more attention to her fearmongering comments. Edward deliberately scares Esmeralda by clipping one of the bushes outside her window into a topiary Satan.