If the Olinka are willing to make small social allowances for Olivia

If the Olinka are willing to make small social allowances for Olivia

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Unformatted text preview: If the Olinka are willing to make small social allowances for Olivia, though, the code is not so elastic concerning one of their own young women Tashi, Olivia's best friend. The Olinka do not want Tashi to be exposed to the idea that perhaps she too might someday be more than a mere wife, even the wife of a chief. Nettie also wonders if Tashi should be exposed to the idea that women have worth; "Tashi," she says, "knows she is learning a way of life she will never live." Tashi's parents cling to their Olinka tradition because of their ethnocentrism that is, the attitude that one's group is superior to another group. A daughter who is a misfit, harboring unnatural, "progressive" ideas, can never be acceptable to them. They will never be despotic toward Nettie, whom they judge to be inferior because she is an older, mature, unwed woman, and an outsider. But toward their own inferior because she is an older, mature, unwed woman, and an outsider....
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