2. I had to help secure that plate of dry beans.

In Chapter 9, this is the reason Anne decides to work for Mrs. Burke after Linda Mae moves away. Anne does not want to work for the racist and domineering Mrs. Burke, but she cannot afford to leave work, even for one week, and Mrs. Burke is offering her a job to start immediately. She has been working cleaning houses to supplement her family’s income since she was nine years old. Not working would mean risking starvation. Even when she does work to supplement her family’s income, her diet is painfully meager. Food is an important motif in Coming of Age in Mississippi. In this case, it represents Anne’s constant struggle to survive, along with the difficult circumstances survival entails.