Taylor thinks that Esperanza plays her role as the sacrificing mother so well that she could win an Oscar nomination for best actress.Throughout the novel, Kingsolver injects such humor to lessen the emotionally weighty tone of the work.However, after she hangs up, she feels joy, for she now recognizes that she has survived the recent tough times with the help of her newfound family and friends, not with 1-800-THE LORD.In the Oklahoma City public library, Taylor and Turtle look at a horticultural encyclopedia.Are you sure you want to remove #book Confirmation# and any corresponding bookmarks?Estevan, Esperanza, Taylor, and Turtle go to the office of Mr. Estevan and Esperanza pose as Steve and Hope and say they are Turtle’s biological parents. Esperanza begins to cry, and Taylor realizes that she is not acting.
When her mother uses a phrase that alludes to a child's legitimacy, Taylor chides her, but her mother reassures Taylor that children get their traits not only from their biological parents but from "what you tell them." The other important phone call that Taylor makes is to 1-800-THE LORD.Summary and Analysis Chapter 16 is the climactic chapter in the novel. Armistead, the person whom Cynthia, the social worker, suggested that Taylor see about getting legal guardianship of Turtle.In Armistead's office, Estevan and Esperanza pretend to be Turtle's parents.When Taylor, Turtle, Estevan, and Esperanza finally leave Armistead's office, Taylor thinks of how the group is now a new community of friends and family.She realizes that Estevan and Esperanza have sacrificed everything for her, including their pride, symbolized by their donning denim work clothes to make themselves look more poor than they really are.