The Bean Trees

"My mama said the Hardbines had kids just about as fast as they could fall down and drown"

How does this use of hyperbole help you to understand the way the Hardbines lived?

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Well, the comment alludes to the idea that these people are low income, low educated and irresponsible. The sense is given that "family management" isn't in the picture despite not being economically well off.