The Bean Trees

How does the tone shift in chapters in which third-person narration is used?

Chapters 3, 4

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The fourth chapter is the second and final chapter that breaks from Taylor's first person perspective, and like the previous chapter that did so, it takes the perspective of Lou Ann Ruiz. This chapter largely portrays the demands upon Lou Ann as she attempts to deal diplomatically with her difficult situation; in attempting to please her mother and grandmother, she and Angel must pretend that their marriage is still stable. And, as Kingsolver demonstrates through Lou Ann's interactions with her family, placating each member of her family is difficult to do.