The Bean Trees

Barbara Kingsolver
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Chapters Five–Six

Summary Chapters Five–Six

The female characters continue to think badly of men. Taylor correctly assumes the worst about Angel. Regarding herself, she asserts that no man can ever fully appreciate her. Lou Ann expresses confidence in men, but Kingsolver portrays this confidence as misguided and naïve, in contrast to Taylor’s smart cynicism. After Taylor explains her theory of male inadequacy to Lou Ann, Lou Ann admits that Angel never would have stayed up late with her, talking and eating. Kingsolver portrays this willingness to value female interaction over male-female interaction as a positive step for Lou Ann.