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According to Ruth, Dee-Dee was very smart and confident, and got good grades. No one ever made fun of her: "she was the first American in my family, while Sam and I were immigrants." Tateh was proud of Dee-Dee, too, which made Ruth a little jealous. The two sisters were not that close, so she knew that Dee-Dee's request carried great weight. Although Ruth promised that she would stay, in the end she broke her promise: something that Dee-Dee never forgave her for.