Can I have these old quilts?
This is ironic for a couple of reasons. First, Dee has asked for quilts that had been quilted by Big Dee and her mother. She has just finished telling her mother that she no longer wants to be called Dee because she needs to distance herself from "people who oppress" her. And here she is, trying to link herself in a tangible way to something Big Dee, whom she was named after, has created. The word "old" is ironic in itself because Dee seems to be making great efforts to distance herself from the "old" in her life: her family, her name, her origins. Her mother has even offered her these quilts before, and she has turned them down.
You just don't understand . . . Your heritage.
This is also an ironic statement because Dee clearly doesn't value her entire heritage. She has been quite pretentious about the parts of her heritage she's willing to recognize, but she thinks that her mother is the one who is blind—simply because she refuses to cave to Dee's...
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