The Bean Trees

What did the Tug Fork water symbolize?


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The Tug Fork water becomes associated with Lou Ann, symbolizing her connection to her family. When Granny Logan pulls it out of her bag, she conjures up an image of Lou Ann’s baptism. Baptism implies an initiation into a community, a sign that one belongs to a family of people. The presence of the baptismal water and Lou Ann’s recollection of her baptism suggest a symbolic renewal of her membership into a community of women.