The bean trees Ch. 15-16

The bean trees Ch. 15-16

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  • Taylor, Estevan, Esperanza, and Turtle arrive to the lake in the Cherokee Nation. Taylor is the only white person in the group and she feels left out. 
  • Estevan and Taylor rent boats to go to the lake. Taylor tells Estevan that she'll miss him. He doesn't say it back. They talk about their wishes. Taylor's wishes are to keep Estevan and Turtle, but she knows that she can only hope to keep Turtle.
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  • I'm going to miss you!
  • Back at the shore, the group has a picnic lunch. Turtle buries her little doll underneath a tree. Looking at the doll, Turtle says "Mama" and Taylor realizes that she's remembering her biological mother's burial and reenacting it with her doll. 
  • Taylor asks Estevan and Esperanza to pretend to be Turtles biological parents. They go to Mr. Armistead's office to sign the adoption papers.
  • Mr. Armistead asks Estevan and Esperanza to give up "their" child and Esperanza begins to cry, but Taylor realizes that she's not acting. 
  • Estevan and Esperanza sign finally sign a document stating that they agree to change in custody and they sign in " Soundness of mind and freedom of will"
  • "Custody of April Turtle Two Two to Taylor Marietta Greer"
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