The Bean Trees - Chapter 9 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 9 Summary

Esperanza attempts suicide with a bottle of baby aspirin. Esteban brings the news to Taylor at her home. Esperanza is with Mattie at a clinic and Lou Ann is staying at her in-laws for the weekend. Esteban answers the usual questions about why, how, when, and how Esperanza is. Taylor relates a story about a high school kid, Scotty, who killed himself when Taylor was in high school. Taylor says that Scotty was not a part of any school group. Taylor was a part of a group that the other students dubbed the "Nutters," which were children who gathered nuts to sell during the harvest season. Taylor understood why Scotty had killed himself because he had no friends, but Taylor does not understand it with Esperanza because she has people who care about her. Taylor is judgmental about Esperanza saying it was not fair to...

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