Celie has already had another baby

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Celie has already had another baby — a year ago, when she was fourteen. What happened to it?  Celie's mother asks this question on her deathbed, and Celie answers that "God took it." She loves  her mother so much that she wants her to think that the baby was stillborn. This explanation to her mother is not what Celie believes in her heart, however. She believes that her  father — the baby's father, Fonso — killed the baby, but because Celie's mother dies such a painful,  loud death, with Fonso moaning and sitting beside the bed, and with Celie nursing and caring for the  other children, what else can Celie do but lie? She doesn't want to hurt her mother, and, in addition,  we see that Celie fears that Fonso will kill this second baby, just as he did the first one. She doesn't  want to burden her mother, as she is dying, with this terrible knowledge. Celie's compassion for her mother is clearly not that of a "girl"; she has the understanding and 
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