Harpo doesn't realize that he is far luckier than his father. He and Sofia truly love one another — despite their constant fighting. Between Albert and Celie, there is no emotion. Therefore, in a marriage like Harpo and Sofia's, where there is love, there is also room for variation in roles, which is why Harpo and Sofia are able to divide the cooking and the cleaning. In a loveless marriage, such as Albert and Celie have, there is no room for variation. Celie must do what she is told, and Albert does whatever he wants. Celie tries to explain to Harpo that Albert and Shug are in love and that their relationship works because of their love for one another, but Celie points out that they are not married. A wife and a mistress always have different duties. Harpo still doesn't understand. Sofia realizes that life with Harpo is a dead-end situation; she needs a vacation. Old indolent Albert,
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