"Stand tall" is an English language idiom that means to carry oneself with pride and dignity and to show confidence in one's deportment. Antonia stood tall in the face of adversity from the very beginning. After her father's suicide, being taught by Mrs. Burden ceased to be an option and Antonia went to work in the far fields of the earth. Instead of becoming an educated person, she became a hardy woman of the soil, and later of housework. Through it all, she was proud of her abilities, confident of her her understanding and proud of her achievements, even the ones she had to reach out and grab before they past away from reach.