Taylor’s mother, whose full name is Alice Jean Stamper Greer Elleston. She raised Taylor as a single parent and unconditionally supported Taylor throughout her life and loves Turtle for Taylor’s sake. Taylor’s mother gets remarried to Harland Elleston over the course of the novel, forcing Taylor to reevaluate what she thought she knew about being an independent woman.
Taylor’s Mother Quotes in The Bean Trees
The The Bean Trees quotes below are all either spoken by Taylor’s Mother or refer to Taylor’s Mother. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the HarperTorch edition of The Bean Trees published in 1998.).
Chapter 1 Quotes
There were two things about Mama. One is that she expected the best out of me. And the other is that then no matter what I did… she acted like it was the moon I had just hung up in the sky and plugged in all the stars; Like I was that good.
Taylor’s Mother Character Timeline in The Bean Trees
The timeline below shows where the character Taylor’s Mother appears in The Bean Trees. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The One to Get Away
...Miss Marietta, the way that she had to address the well-off children that she and her mother cleaned for as Miss or Mister. Marietta explains that her mother often supported Marietta’s wishes,... (full context)
...beaten up to continue. Taylor thinks about the irony of where she ended up, because her mother always spoke of their Cherokee head rights as a security blanket if things got really... (full context)
Chapter 6: Valentine’s Day
...withstand Turtle’s tough grip. While shopping, Taylor also picks out a Valentine’s Day card for her mother . Taylor still feels guilty for betraying her mother by changing her name, even though... (full context)
Chapter 8: The Miracle of Dog Doo Park
Chapter 13: Night-Blooming Cereus