the bluest eye
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Claudia lies down. Her metal garters hurt her legs, but she leaves her stockings on to guard against the cold. The bed is very cold and she dares not move after heating a spot on the bed with her body temperature. After two hours of lying alone, her mother comes and roughly rubs Vicks salve on her chest. Claudia suffers under the rough treatment silently and stiffly. Her mother puts some of the salve into Claudia’s mouth. She wraps hot flannel around Claudia’s neck and chest and covers her with quilts to make Claudia sweat.