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Why does Topsy confess to stealing?

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Miss Ophelia's Christian instruction of Topsy centers upon making her confess her sins. Topsy fabricates her crimes, such as stealing the necklace Eva wears around her neck, because she "couldn't think of nothing else to Œfess." She is a totally naïve creature, and shocks Miss Ophelia that someone could be so ignorant of the rules of Christianity.