The Bean Trees
"Jesus is Lord Used Tires"
Visitors Since 8/10/99
As you read Chapter 3 . . .
1) Contrast the attitude to bugs of the stange man at the abandoned gas station and that of Mattie. What does this contrast reveal about Mattie's character?
2) Note all the images associated with Mattie and her shop. What connotations do many of these images have--all the flowers, Jesus, the bunny mug, etc.? What does Mattie's shop suggest about her character?
3) Consider the types of people Taylor describes living downtown. How does society judge these groups? Do the artistic people and the homeless people get along? What does Taylor's experience in the art gallery tell us about the relationship of the various groups?
4) Note other signs of how social and economic status is unequal and troubled in America presented in this chapter. Consider the contrast between the unwed, minimum-wage employed mothers and the shopping mothers at Kid Central Station. Consider also the contrast between poor Kentucky and the wealthy racing community of Kentucky.
A 1957 Thunderbird
Secretariat winning the Kentucky Derby in 1973, also the1973 Triple Crown winner
Cultural and Historical Allusions
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Page numbers from the large-sized paperback edition
|The Author||Chapter One, "The One to Get Away"|
|Chapter Two, "New Year's Pig"||Chapter Three, "Jesus is Lord Used Tires"|
|Chapter Four, "Tug Fork Water"||Chapter Five, "Harmonious Space"|
|Chapter Six, "Valentine's Day"||Chapter Seven, "How They Eat in Heaven"|
|Chapter Eight, "The Miracle of Dog Doo Park"||Chapter Nine, "Ismene"|
|Chapter Ten, "The Bean Trees"||Chapter Eleven, "Dream Angels"|
|Chapter Twelve, "Into the Terrible Night"||Chapter Thirteen, "Night-Blooming Cereus"|
|Chapter Fourteen, "Guardian Saints"||Chapter Fifteen, "Lake O' the Cherokees"|
|Chapter Sixteen, "Soundness of Mind and Freedom of Will"||Chapter Seventeen, "Rhizobia"|