The Question and Answer section for Everyday Use is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
After Maggie marries John Thomas, Mama will be free to sit and sing without an audience.
She will marry John Thomas (who has mossy teeth in an earnest face) and then I'll be free to sit here and I guess just sing church songs to myself.
Mama talks about how the quilts represent their family's heritage.
"Some of the pieces, like those lavender ones, come ftom old clothes her mother handed down to her," I said, moving up to touch the quilts. Dee (Wangero) moved back just enough so...
I think that Maggie has always lived under the shadow of her big sister Dee. She was burned in the fire, when their house burned down, and is self conscious of her appearance. She is not "sophisticated" like Dee or educated like Dee.