The Bean Trees

Given Virgie Mae's exchange with Estevan at dinner in Chapter 7, what is ironic about this revelation?

Chapter 10 : The Bean Trees

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The relationship between Virgie Mae Parsons and Edna Poppy becomes clear in this chapter. While it was previously a mystery why Edna would tolerate the rude Virgie Mae, the relationship becomes evident when Lou Ann and Taylor realize that Edna is blind; Virgie Mae is the caretaker for Edna Poppy. This revelation softens the harsh character of Virgie Mae; while still rude and judgmental, she is still capable of great care and kindness.