The Bean Trees

Why did Taylor insist that Turtle reserve the name “Ma” just for her?


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Turtle and Taylor wait in Oklahoma City for the adoption paperwork to clear. Turtle plays with Esperanza's medallion of St. Christopher. Taylor tells Turtle that she counts as a refugee, for she is as "tempest-tossed" as they come. Taylor had remembered "tempest-tossed" from the inscription on the Statue of Liberty. Taylor tells Turtle that she has only one Ma now. The rest: Lou Ann and Edna and Mattie are all friends, but Taylor is her Ma.