•Turtle is trying to find the missing child.

•Turtle was introduced early in the novel
as an abused and abandoned Cherokee child. When the mysterious aunt drops off
Turtle in Taylor’s car, she expresses that nobody who “matters” even know that
Turtle is alive. In other words, no one with records is trying to find the
missing child. The only detail Taylor is told is that Turtle was born in a
Plymouth and that her biological mother is dead. Turtle was unable to speak at
first, which made it harder for Taylor to communicate with the unknown child.
Taylors expresses how badly Turtle was abused when she takes off her clothes,
she found “a bruise twice the size of Taylor’s thumb” on her arm and
more bruises on her leg… “bruises and worse.” To amplify how bad Turtle’s
scares affected Taylor, Taylor says that “nothing, not New Hardbine or anything
else had Taylor had ever seen had made Taylor feel like this.” Turtle’s
physical scars obviously signify that she has had a very hard and miserable
pass which affected her psychologically and might be the reason why Turtle
remain silent throughout half the novel. Turtle was perceived to have a mental
disable because she wasn’t able to express herself with words. Only later on,
Turtle finally says “Beans” which was significant because it was her first.
Turtle started to evolve and grow as an individual only when she trusted
Taylor. Turtle started with “Beans”, by the end of the novel Turtle was not
only able to name various plants and her favorite vegetable, she was able to
communicate with Taylor and tell her that ” she saw her birth-mother’s body
being buried in a cemetery.” Knowing this information gives Taylor a deeper
understanding of why Turtle was so captivated by seeds. Kingsolver expresses
through Turtles character that abused women’s can rebuild their life with moral
support and compassion others that can relate have.