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Mama describes Maggie and shy and limited. Dee however, is garnered an even less favorable description, as Mama sees her as having taken on an air of superiority. Mama sees Dee's education and sophistication in a negative light, as she believes her daughter has taken on airs with both herself and her sister.
Maggie is pure, unselfish, uneducated, and totally isolated from the outside world. Mama is very protective.
Dee, on the other hand, is well educated, intimidating, and condescending.
Mama is a hard working, single mother. She has embraced toughness and hard work in order to raise her two girls. She is protective and proud.