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The Bean Trees


 

Place

 

"I have been afraid of putting air in a tire ever since I saw a tractor tire blow up and throw Newt Hardbine's father over the top of the Standard Oil sign. I'm not lying. He got stuck up there. about nineteen people congregated during the time it took for Norman Strick to walk up to the Courthouse and blow the whistle for the volunteer fire department. They eventually did come with the ladder and haul him down, and he wasn't dead but lost his hearing and in many other ways was never the same afterward. They said he overfilled the tire."

 

-Taylor, page 1


 

Characters

 

"Come here, pumpkin, I said. I'm okay, just sprung a leak, don't you worry. Do you want a drink of water? She shook her head. Just want to cuddle a few minutes? She nodded, and i took her on my lap."

 

-Taylor and Turtle, page 185


 

Metaphor

 

"But this is the most intresting part: wisteria vines, like other legumes, often thrive in poor soil, the book said. Their secret is something called rhizobia. These are microscopic bugs that live underground in little knots on the roots. They suck nitrogen gas right out of the soil and turn it into fertilizer for the plant. The rhizobia are not actually part of the plant, they are seperate creatures, but they always live with legumes: a kind of underground railroad moving secretly up and down the roots. "It's like this," I told Turtle. " There's a whole invisible system for helping out the plant that you'd never guess was there" I loved this idea.

 

-Taylor and Turtle, page 305


 

Quote of the novel

 

"The indian child was a girl. A girl poor thing. That fact had already burdened her short life."

 

-Taylor and Turtle, page 31

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