In "To Da-duh in Memorium," what is the grandmother's initial reaction to the narrator?

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The grandmother's initial reaction to the narrator is less than positive. While Da-Duh pronounces the narrator's high-cheek-boned sister 'pretty,' she appears to shrink back from the narrator after scrutinizing her intently. The narrator thinks that her grandmother sees something 'disturbing, even threatening' in the narrator. Besides the fact the Da-Duh prefers boys and is said to favor fair skin in her grandchildren, the narrator feels oddly disconcerted at Da-Duh's appraisal of her as fierce-looking.

The author's less than positive first impression on Da-Duh foreshadows future conflict between the narrator and her grandmother. Indeed, as they spend more time with each other, both come to realize that they have similar natures; they are both stubborn and unyielding, especially if they believe in the rightness of their positions. While the narrator's stubbornness is borne of youthful optimism, Da-Duh's stubbornness derives from her fear that the foreign technological modernity that her granddaughter describes will eventually crowd out the simple world she has always known.


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