The Bean Trees - Study Guide Chapter 16 Summary & Analysis

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Taylor, Turtle, Esteban and Esperanza are sitting in Mr. Jonas Wilford Armistead's law office. Esteban and Esperanza have agreed to pose as Turtle's parents who are giving Turtle up for adoption to Taylor. They use the aliases Steven Tilpac Two Two and Hope Roberta Two Two. Turtle is named in the official adoption papers as April Turtle Two Two. They explain to the lawyer that Esteban and Esperanza want to give Turtle up for adoption to Taylor. Although Esteban and Esperanza have no official identification, the lawyer and his assistant seem to take it in stride - Taylor merely has to swear that she knows them and they are who they say they are. The lack of a birth certificate for Turtle seems to be no great obstacle either. Esteban attests that Turtle was born in the back seat of a Plymouth on the Cherokee reservation. Both...

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