How would you describe the Hagar-Lottie relationship in the novel The Stone Angel?

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In "The Stone Angel," Hagar and Lottie begin their lives very differently and are certainly not friends at the start. Lottie, having been born out of wedlock, is an outcast who is made fun of by everyone, including Hagar. She is cast out and not included in any of the social events. As the years pass, Hagar becomes an increasingly hardened and bitter woman, experiencing great loss and great disappointment throughout her life, so her relationship with Lottie becomes even more callous.

When Hagar's son becomes romantically linked with Lottie's daughter, Hagar is enraged. She believes it will be a foolish decision that will cast a pall on their family forever. Unable to stop it, however, the relationship continues. Later on, one of the few times Hagar interacts with Lottie later in life, she maintains bitterness and makes rude comments, saying that Lottie's daughter, Arlene, is beautiful, and looks nothing like her—implying that Lottie is clearly not beautiful.

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Lottie and Hagar did not get along when they were young.  Lottie was born out of wedlock and therefore, was known as No-Name Lottie.  The other kids, including Hagar made fun of her.

It is a twist of fate then, when John, Hagar's son gets involved with Lottie's daughter, Arlene. 

Hagar is very upset that her son wants to marry No-Name Lottie's daughter.  They seem destined to make a terrible mistake, acting recklessly.  This behavior forces Hagar to seek out an alliance with Lottie in an effort to protect their children from making a mistake by marrying without any money or ability to care for themselves.

Hargar and Lottie see each other after many years, and Hagar suggests, in a sly roundabout insult, that Arlene, Lottie's daughter, does not look like her.  Hagar is determined to bring up their shared past, but Lottie has no memory concerning the incidents that Hagar thrusts at her.

 

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