Day 4

The Bean Trees Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What does Taylor realize about Edna Poppy? How does she put together the pieces of this realization?

    When she runs into Edna Poppy at the grocery store, Edna asks for helping telling the difference between lemons and limes, and Taylor suddenly realizes Edna is blind. The pieces all fall together: Edna wears only red because it's easier for her to match without seeing, Virgie Mae always announces to Edna who is in the room, Edna looks just above people's heads when she speaks to them. Taylor is ashamed that she only just realized this—she has been so focused on herself that she hasn't noticed the hardships of someone else in her life.

  2. 2

    What does Taylor say when she goes to...

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