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Although little Olivia's mother is a woman, the clerk calls her a "girl," and he calls Celie a "gal." His  forcing the woman to purchase unneeded thread is linked to his treating her like a child. To him, the  woman has no judgment. "You can't sew thout thread." One of the most telling sentences in this letter is Celie's saying, "I don't have nothing to offer and I  feels poor." Ironically, Celie offers the woman a great deal. She offers her friendship and a kind word,  and she generously offers them to this woman who is holding Olivia, the baby who Celie  feels  is her  own baby. In addition, Celie offers the woman a seat in Mr._________'s wagon when the woman  can't see the Reverend's wagon. In turn, Olivia's mother offers Celie a joke about Celie's  " horse pitality." Celie's joy soars. She laughs until her face feels ready to split, "laughing like a fool," 
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