burns his love unto kambili's tongue
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This love sip which is very hot and burns is comparable to Eugene's brand of love which hurts.
Kambili and jaja 's tongue literally burns and figuratively is bound by the rule of her father whose power mixes pain and love.
Sharing "love sips" of his tea was simply another way of sharing his love with the girls.
“Papa sat down at the table and poured his tea from the china tea set with pink flowers on the edges. I waited for him to ask Jaja and me to take a sip, as he always did. A love sip, he called it, because you shared the little things you loved with the people you love.”