After the pain of most of the preceding letters

After the pain of most of the preceding letters - After the...

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Unformatted text preview: After the pain of most of the preceding letters, this letter seems almost like comic relief. Mr.________'s two sisters come to inspect the new bride, and they gossip like a pair of nosy neighbors about what a tacky person their brother's first wife was (the one who was killed by her boyfriend coming home from church). They are inflexibly rigid about a "woman's role." To them, women get married and are supposed to keep a "decent house" and a "clean family." They are a pair of very critical women, and because Celie is sensitive enough to read between the lines of their comments, she surely must feel proud and relieved by their comments; she has favorably impressed the two sisters. She has their approval as a good housekeeper, as a person who is good with children, and as a good cook. And note how Walker slips a memory of Nettie into Celie's thoughts. children, and as a good cook....
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