The Bean Eaters
by Gwendolyn Brooks
The Bean Eaters Poverty Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (line)
They eat beans mostly, this old yellow pair. (line 1)
We've said it before and we'll say it again: beans aren't that great. They just happen to be the cheapest food you can buy. Our guess? This couple isn't exactly rolling in the dough.
Plain chipware on a plain and creaking wood,
Tin flatware. (lines 3-4)
Just about everything in this description points to a family that never had too much money in the good times – and the present day sure isn't part of the good times. Everything is cracked and chipped and, well, generally falling apart.