At the same time, in a spiritual sense, Celie feels as though she is performing a sacred rite when she is bathing Shug's naked body. This two-edged feeling is in keeping with Celie's attitude toward Shug and toward herself — both with Celie's idea of herself as a lowly servant (waiting on Shug the queen), while in a spiritual sense, Celie feels as though she is performing God's work. By her own admission, she says that when she is washing Shug, "It feel like I'm praying." Also, be aware that although Celie is a good Christian woman, she is absolutely fascinated by the "evil" that she feels is deeply rooted inside Shug. Shug yells and shouts and curses and is "more evil than [Celie's] mother," but Celie is not repulsed. She remains fixated on the worldly, wicked, and wondrous Shug Avery. Later, when Shug seems to be recovering, she begins to hum a tune while Celie is tending to her.
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