Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #4

As they lean over the beans in their rented back room (line 11)

Brooks takes care to emphasize that there's absolutely no area of this couple's life that is well-off. It's not like they're eating beans on their yacht – or even in their suburban home. Nope, these people live in a tiny room behind someone else's house. Oh, and they're eating beans.

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