The Bean Trees

How was the revelation of Edna Poppy’s blindness foreshadowed?


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Edna asks her whether she has lemons or limes.

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.