In fact, Shug's brusque veneer begins to dissolve the more she is around Celie. She even asks Celie not to call her "Ma'm"; Shug realizes that they not only share Mr. ________, but that both of them are mothers without their children. The absence of their children and the absence of Mr. ________ when they are together allow them to care for one another.As further proof that Celie continues to have a deep affection for Shug, despite Shug's vicious tongue and her loose ways, note that Celie hopes someday to fasten some of Shug's hair into her own hair, much as she was anxious earlier to sew a quilt together with Sofia's help (Letter 21). Celie thinks that every inch of Shug is precious. Her caring for Shug is much like taking care of the babies whom she never had a chance to rear. Remember, too, that with Mr._______'s daughters' hair (Letter 9), Celie had little patience, but here, with Shug's hair, she is extremely careful to be gentle.
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