In Act II, Scene I, why does Mama ignore Walter when she comes home? What does this show about their relationship? 

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When Mama enters in Act II, Scene I, she actually interrupts an intimate moment between Ruth and Walter as they ponder the problems in their relationships over a loving kiss.

Immediately following her entrance, Walter questions her about her whereabouts, and she ignores him, commenting on the stairs instead, “My—them steps is longer than they used to be. Whew!” (533) She then asks Ruth how she is feeling, supposedly directed at her pregnancy. When Walter asks Mama again where she has been, she doesn’t answer the question. Instead, she asks about Travis ’ whereabouts. When she does respond to Walter, it’s more of a subtle hint instead of a direct answer. She says, “I went downtown to tend to some business...

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