Describe Dee's hatred for the old house.
Dee seems to have hated the old house because it represented everything from which she wanted to get away. Mama says that, in her memory of the night the house burned,
I see her standing off under the sweet gum tree she used to dig gum out of; a look of concentration on her face as she watched the last dingy gray board of the house fall in toward the red hot brick chimney. Why don't you do a dance around the ashes? I'd wanted to ask her. She had hated the house that much.
Given Dee's reaction to the next house that Mama and Maggie live in, and the new house's relative similarity to the old house, it seems as though she was embarrassed by the old house. She wanted to get out, to get an education, to be "more" that what she perceived her mother and sister to be, holding them and the place she came from in contempt. Mama continues,
I used to think she hated...
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