Dee is a modern girl, while Maggie is a traditional girl. Dee gets an opportunity to pursue her higher education in the city, while Maggie stays at home with Mama. It is through education that Dee is exposed to modern sophistication. Dee has always been apprehensive of the traditional lifestyle, but when she shows up at the family homestead, she seems to have developed a strong interest in the family’s way of life. Dee is bold, but Maggie is extremely reserved. Maggie is a shy girl, and she often keeps to herself. Her personality is a a result of a scar she has on a face after she suffered from a fire accident that burned their house down when she was young.
Mama compares to Maggie in that she is comfortable with the traditional lifestyle. She also compares to Dee in that she is confident and refuses to be intimidated by her eldest daughter.
…hugged Maggie to me then dragged her on into the room, snatched the quilts out of Miss Wangero's hands and dumped them into Maggie's lap....
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