The Question and Answer section for Bluest Eye is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Sammy ran away more than twenty-seven times before he reached the age of fourteen.
From the text:
"They looked back on their own youth as a period of ignorance, and regretted they had not made more of it."
Pecola is attempting to discern the reason each of the women sees so many men. She is still innocent and believes the prostitutes' clients are boyfriends.