I only know that Odessa takes care of them. What about the secomd question?
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You're right, Odessa takes care of the children. Sofia and Odessa are very different. Odessa is strict, Sofia is lax........ but through these two characters and their differences we see how strong a bond there is not only within families, but within female relationships. Ironically, when it comes to Sofia's children, Odessa takes on their mother's traits. Harpo describes Odessa in this way:
"They love her, say Harpo. She let ’em do anything they want."
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