The Bean Trees

Lou Ann’s husband, who leaves her due to his own disappointment at losing his leg in a rodeo accident. He joins a rodeo in Montana and asks Lou Ann to come with him, but she refuses. He is often selfish and callous, and while not exactly a villain in any real way he also seems to represent a lot of what the novel sees as “toxic” masculine traits that negatively impact women.

Angel Ruiz Quotes in The Bean Trees

The The Bean Trees quotes below are all either spoken by Angel Ruiz or refer to Angel Ruiz. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the HarperTorch edition of The Bean Trees published in 1998.
Chapter 4 Quotes

He moved around in there for quite a while before he said anything to Lou Ann, and it struck her that his presence was different from the feeling of women filling up the house. He could be there, or not, and it hardly made any difference. Like a bug or a mouse scratching in the cupboards at night – you could get up and chase after it, or just go back to sleep and let it be. That was good, she decided.

Related Characters: Taylor Greer (Marietta Greer) (speaker), Lou Ann Ruiz (speaker), Angel Ruiz
Page Number: 84-85
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Chapter 6 Quotes

I’ll tell you one thing,” Lou Ann said. “when something was bugging Angel, he’d never of stayed up half the night with me talking and eating everything that wasn’t nailed down. You’re not still mad, are you?” I held up two fingers. “Peace, sister.”

Related Characters: Taylor Greer (Marietta Greer) (speaker), Lou Ann Ruiz (speaker), Angel Ruiz
Page Number: 120
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Angel Ruiz Character Timeline in The Bean Trees

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Chapter 2: New Year’s Pig
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...who now lives in Tucson, Arizona. Lou Ann is married to a Latino man named Angel, who is planning to leave Lou Ann this Halloween. Three years earlier, on Christmas Day,... (full context)
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Lou Ann knows that she and Angel will likely separate, but does nothing to either hasten his departure or make him stay.... (full context)
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Angel leaves on a Friday because it is pay day, apparently unaware that it is Halloween.... (full context)
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...grateful that none of the neighborhood homeless tried to talk to her. She notices that Angel has come home, taken his things, and left for good. Rather than being truly upset,... (full context)
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...swollen and her belly is so big that she can’t get her shoes off without Angel here to do it for her. She puts her nightgown on over her pantyhose and... (full context)
Chapter 4: Tug Fork Water
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...Ivy and Grandmother Logan to stay longer so that they can spend more time with Angel and see more of Arizona. Surprisingly, Angel agreed to move back in so as not... (full context)
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...back to Kentucky with them. Lou Ann tells Granny that she is happy here with Angel, ignoring the fact that she and Angel are no longer together. (full context)
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As Lou Ann nurses Dwayne Ray, Angel returns from work. Lou Ann notices his presence in the kitchen, but thinks that it... (full context)
Chapter 5: Harmonious Space
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...that she thinks that the cat went crazy because she treated it with affection while Angel, her ex-husband, couldn’t stand it. Taylor thinks that the cat is funny, but Lou Ann... (full context)
Chapter 6: Valentine’s Day
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Lou Ann recounts an embarrassing experience she had while drinking. She and Angel went to look for a meteor shower with some friends and a bottle of tequila,... (full context)
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...him. Lou Ann interrupts Taylor’s morbid thoughts to wonder whether it was her fault that Angel left. Lou Ann insists that something is wrong with her because people are supposed to... (full context)
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...looks like an Egyptian queen laid out on her couch. Lou Ann tells Taylor that Angel never would have stayed up all night to talk about something that was bothering him,... (full context)
Chapter 7: How They Eat in Heaven
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...a watering hole that Lou Ann recommended, as it was a place that she and Angel used to go to together. Taylor worries that the location will bring back bad memories... (full context)
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...but thinks that she must be about to get her period. Lou Ann mentions that Angel would have given himself two points for every quail he hit. (full context)
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...invited them over to watch Mattie who was appearing on the evening news, forgetting that Angel had taken their little TV when he moved out. Taylor corrects this by inviting over... (full context)
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...women also split the bills, with Taylor working and Lou Ann drawing from savings that Angel left. Taylor is cooking sweet and sour chicken for the party, though she had originally... (full context)
Chapter 8: The Miracle of Dog Doo Park
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Lou Ann starts to daydream about when she first met Angel. Though the only good thing to come out of their relationship was Dwayne Ray, Lou... (full context)
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...people when she talks. Edna and Virgie say hello, and Virgie warns Lou Ann that Angel may be looking for her. (full context)
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When Edna and Virgie leave, Lou Ann wonders why Angel would want to see her again. Taylor, however, wonders why sweet Edna puts up with... (full context)
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Just as he said, Angel soon comes back. But instead of trying to move back in with Lou Ann, he... (full context)
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...When Taylor gets there, Lou Ann is crying and can barely explain to Taylor that Angel has told her that he is leaving to join the rodeo again. Confused, Taylor leads... (full context)
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...the little girl won’t be confused by the name) and Lou Ann explains more about Angel’s desire to leave Tucson for the Colorado-Montana rodeo circuit. An older woman leans in to... (full context)
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When Lou Ann tells Taylor that Angel talked about divorce papers, Taylor warns Lou Ann that she may have to think about... (full context)
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...one can see. Lou Ann, unaware of Taylor’s preoccupied thoughts, asks why Taylor is taking Angel’s side now that he has left, and Taylor says that she is just trying to... (full context)
Chapter 9: Ismene
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...night with Dwayne Ray to her mother-in-law’s house for a family reunion. Taylor mentions that Angel’s family is Catholic, and considers Angel and Lou Ann still married because they don’t believe... (full context)
Chapter 10: The Bean Trees
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...gossip after her enjoyable weekend at the Ruiz family reunion. Lou Ann likes all of Angel’s family much better than she liked him, and is sad to hear that many of... (full context)
Chapter 11: Dream Angels
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In June, Angel sends a package from Montana with cowboy themed presents for Dwayne Ray and Lou Ann,... (full context)
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...really was the most competent worker. Lou Ann remains ambivalent about moving to Montana with Angel, saying that she will wait to make up her mind. Taylor thinks that Lou Ann... (full context)
Chapter 13: Night-Blooming Cereus
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...says that that “Taylor” was as imaginary as the meteor shower she never saw with Angel. Lou Ann’s feelings are hurt and she stops fighting for a while. Lou Ann later... (full context)
Chapter 17: Rhizobia
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...Ann, and Lou Ann tells her that she has decided not to go back to Angel, on the advice of Angel’s mother. Lou Ann also tells Taylor that she finally found... (full context)