One of the main signs that Lou Ann had accepted the
status of being separated from her husband came from her own words in chapter seventeen, “Angel just wants what he can’t have…. there wasn’t any meteor shower. That was just about the last straw. Angel’s history. Now I’m seeing this guy… by the name of Cameron John… I told somebody that you and Turtle and Dwayne Ray were my family. We’ve been through hell and high water together. We know each other’s good and bad sides, stuff nobody else knows.” At the end of the story, Lou Ann had officially moved on from the separation with her husband. She got back into the dating game, created a new romantic relationship with a co-worker, and most importantly, she found a new family to call her own. In short, nearing the conclusion of the story, Lou Ann learned to accept what state she was in with her husband, and she learned to accept herself and others in her life. Therefore, Lou Ann Ruiz has many layers to her personality. She hasn’t stayed the same from the beginning of the novel to the end. She continued to evolve by adapting to the problems and events she had to encounter. Yes, in the beginning, Lou Ann was very fearful of things that had happen and what could happen, but this fear showed that she was extremely caring and thoughtful of others, friends, family, and strangers alike, and in the end, Lou Ann learned to be accepting, of her past and the people that came into her life. Works Cited Kingsolver, Barbara. The Bean Trees . New York: Harper Perennial, 1988. Print.