When Da-duh takes the narrator "out into the ground," what question does the old woman repeatedly ask in "To Da-duh in Memorium"? 

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Da-duh asks her if she has anything as nice where she comes from.

When the narrator goes to visit her grandmother, Da-duh, the old woman gives her a tour through the grounds of her Barbados.  Throughout the tour, Da-duh continually asks her granddaughter if there is anything as nice where she comes from.

Finally, turning to me, she said, “I know you don’t have anything this nice where you come from.” Then, as I hesitated: “I said I know you don’t have anything this nice where you come from….”

In the countryside, there is certainly more beauty and nature than in the city.  Da-duh is trying to remind the narrator of the beauty of the simple things.  In addition to the geographical difference between Brooklyn and Barbados, there is the cultural difference between the girl and her grandmother.

The girl tries to tell her grandmother about the wonders of the city, but the old woman barely comprehends.  For her, the country life is all she has ever known.  She seems to relate to the narrator more than her sister, as it is to the younger girl that she decides to give the tour.  The question is both an expression of curiosity at her daughter and granddaughter’s life and a self-serving attempt to protect what she has.


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