The Bean Trees - Study Guide Chapter 14 Summary & Analysis

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Taylor and her passengers are stopped by immigration close to the New Mexico border. Esteban and Esperanza had dressed as "American" as possible. Traffic was moving slowly, which gave them all time to become nervous. It was a routine check; nonetheless, Taylor was shaking inside. The border officer asks if they are all citizens and who were Turtle's parents. Esteban claims her. They are waved onward with a cheery "Have a nice day." As they left the border patrol behind, Esteban apologizes for telling the officer that Turtle was his child. Taylor says it is of no matter, but she is bothered by that and by the fact that Turtle calls Esperanza "Ma." Turtle calls every woman in her life, Ma something. They decide to drive quite late, so Taylor and Esteban chat while Turtle and Esperanza sleep. Esteban asks if...

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