That depends on the character you follow. Maggie is withdrawn, plain, uneducated, scarred from a previous housefire, and unsure of herself...especially in the presence of her sister. Maggie has not been to school, but she knows how to make butter, how to sew and quilt, and how to do all the "everyday things" that Dee has never learned.
Dee is prettier, more confident, educated, and worldly. Her attitude is one of arrogance and condescension, where Maggie's is one of quiet resolution. She is used to giving in to her sister who always gets what she wants..."the world never says 'no' to Dee".
Momma is telling the story about Dee's visit home. She has adopted African dress and an African name. Dee has brought along a male companion. Dee disdains her family and the home where she grew up in the rural south, but she wants their household items which she sees as valuable heirlooms. Maggie has been promised the family quilts which Dee covets. Dee argues that Maggie will "only put them to everyday use", and she is determined to have them for herself. Maggie, as usual, gives in with much resentment and anger, slamming the door to show it.
Momma surprises herself and finally defies Dee by standing up for Maggie to whom she has promised grandma's quilts. They are Maggie's wedding gift, and Dee screams that they do not understand their heritage. Maggie, more than Dee, is in touch with her heritage.