Five days after Mr. ________ hears about Shug's being sick and hears her being belittled and damned in church, he returns with her in the back of his wagon. We realize that Mr.________ may be unfeeling and mean toward Celie, but he deeply cares for Shug. Shug is "family" to him; he and Shug have three children together. (He and Celie have none.) In fact, note that Mr. ________ immediately tells Harpo that Shug (and not Annie Julia) should have been Harpo's mother.As for Shug, the first thing we read about the Queen Honeybee's arrival is Celie's sight of "one of her foots . . . poking out" of the wagon. This is clearly not the entrance of a "queen." Yet, despite the fact that Shug looks literally ill to Celie, Shug looks dazzlingly dressed for the occasion. In contrast, as we read Celie's description of Shug, we get a completely different picture of her. She seems to be
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