The Bean Trees

What are the context of these quotes?

"`It's non-representational.'"3 (Chapter 3: page 48)


"`Whatever you want the most, it's going to be the worst thing for you.'"4(Chapter 4: page 62)

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Taylor enters one of these buildings one day, intrigued by something that looks like "cherry bombs blowing up in boxes of wet sand, and the whole thing just frozen mid-kaboom." Taylor asks the woman there what it is supposed to be, and she answers that it is non-representational meaning it is not suposed to mean anything specific.

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