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An American Marriage


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Why did the doll for the mayor just happen to be in the car when Roy and Celestial visited his parents?

Created: 04/15/19

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janeb

Join Date: 10/09/18

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The doll for the mayor

Why did the doll for the mayor just happen to be in the car when Roy and Celestial visited his parents?


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Marcia S

Join Date: 02/08/16

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RE: The doll for the mayor

Celestial was still completing the doll. Roy's mother wanted it and Celestial couldn't get another one done before the deadline to deliver the doll to the mayor. It caused some contention between the two.


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janeb

Join Date: 10/09/18

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RE: The doll for the mayor

I missed the part that it wasn’t completed yet. It just seemed terribly convenient that it was available for Celestial to say Roy’s mother could keep it when it was clear to all that she liked it so much.


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Auntie Mame

Join Date: 04/21/11

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RE: Why did the doll for the mayor just happen to be in the car when Roy and Celestial visited his parents?

I thought it was simply a plot device.


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kellilee

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RE: Why did the doll for the mayor just happen to be in the car when Roy and Celestial visited his parents?

I suspect Roy put the doll in the car as a way to "sell" Celestial to his parents as a good match.


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nancyn

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RE: Why did the doll for the mayor just happen to be in the car when Roy and Celestial visited his parents?

As Roy had sent his parents the alumnae bulletin that featured Celestial and her doll, I also thought that he placed the doll in the car to show her talent to them. Especially since his baby photo was the inspiration for the doll's face.


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bill

Join Date: 05/25/17

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RE: Why did the doll for the mayor just happen to be in the car when Roy and Celestial visited his parents?

I believe that Celeste brought the doll along because, in her mind, it wasn't finished and she had a deadline. This was shown by the fact that she sewed more beads on the doll after they arrived at the motel.

Also, Olive desired the doll because it resembled Roy. The back and forth over the doll also symbolized the competition regarding Roy between Olive and Celestial.


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