Mama's refusal to give Dee the quilts indicates a permanent change in her perspective on her daughters. When she looks over at Maggie, who has already said that Dee could take the quilts which Mama had, in fact, promised to Maggie, Mama says,
When I looked at her like that something hit me in the top of my head and ran down to the soles of my feet. Just like when I'm in church and the spirit of God touches me and I get happy and shout. I did something I never done before: 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. Maggie just sat there on my bed with her mouth open.
Mama seems to have had a kind of epiphany. It seems that, in the past, she's been a little intimidated by Dee. She's said that, as a girl, Dee "burned" Mama and Maggie with her knowledge, making them feel less than because they lack her education. She talks about how Dee has always had her own style, and she fantasizes about...
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