When Cholly tickles Pauline in The Bluest Eye, Pauline feels beautiful and loved. In the section of the novel that details Pauline's background, readers learn that Pauline has a lame foot that drags behind her as she walks. Because of this physical deformity, Pauline never really felt beautiful. However, when she meets Cholly, he looks past this flaw and instead of ignoring her ailment, he embraces it. This makes Pauline feel beautiful and as their relationship progresses, Cholly makes her feel like a woman. Pauline describes feeling like there is a "rainbow" inside her, a testament to the intense feelings that she has while with Cholly early in their relationship.