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Unformatted text preview: At the convent, Ida is treated as the less important, tagalong sister to Clara. "Me, I just backslid," Ida says of herself. Note that Ida becomes lazy, a stereotype of Indians that Ida assumes. The nuns' perception of Ida "I was everything those nuns expected an Indian to be" is false, but as Dorris has pointed out throughout the novel, perceptions are safety nets that people use to block out reality. Too often, if you perceive something to be true, then it becomes true in your mind. This type of thinking is exactly what the nuns have in terms of Ida, who allows them to believe that their stereotypes are true because she doesn't dispel them. Ida's family relationship to Christine is complicated at best. Technically, Ida and Christine are first cousins, but because Ida's father is also Christine's father, Ida then is also Christine's half-sister. cousins, but because Ida's father is also Christine's father, Ida then is also Christine's half-sister....
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- Fall '08