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Unlike her sister, Dee, Maggie loves the family quilts because she knows the people whose lives and stories are represented by them. She even knows how to quilt herself. Her mother has promised Maggie the quilts, which Dee has already once refused, when she gets married because they are meaningful to her. Dee, on the other hand, only seems to want them so that she can display them as proof of her heritage without really valuing or understanding it as Maggie does. Maggie knows the stories and feels personally attached to them. When their mother realizes their difference in motive — as well as Dee’s sense of entitlement and Maggie’s humility — she snatches the quilts from Dee and gives them to her younger daughter because Maggie wants the quilts for the right reasons.

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