why is the sofa a source of humiliation for the breedlove family
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The narrator spends a bit of time talking about the sofa, and the way the fabric is split straight across the backyears ago the sofa was purchased new, but the sofa split while being delivered, and the Breedloves still had to pay the full price. There is a bit of dialogue taken from the moment of that delivery, as Cholly Breedlove tries and fails to negotiate with the store manager. The narrator goes on to say that the feeling from looking at the sofa poisons everything. The rip becomes something that spreads throughout the house, until all things are as battered and broken and uncared for as the sofa.