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Celie again shows her religious devotion in the chapter. Unable to come up with any realistic plan to help Sofia escape from jail, she imagines God sending down angels to rescue her friend. She believes in God's omnipotence and turns to him when her resources fail her. Her tragi-comic image of God and the angels, however, shows that the white power structure has convinced her that God and his heavenly abode are all white.
The family dresses Squeak like a white woman, cleaning the grease from her hair and making her smell good. Not surprisingly, she is very scared and cannot imagine what she will tell her uncle, the warden. They instruct her to say she is living with Sofia's husband and wants revenge on her. Then she is to suggest that the real punishment for Sofia would be making her the maid of a white woman instead of leaving her in prison.
The family's plan seems unrealistic, even a little dangerous; but it is the only hope they have to free Sofia from jail. It is surprising that meek-minded Squeak consents to such a daring role; perhaps she is not as submissive as Harpo pictures her to be. It is also amazing that Squeak is willing to help Sofia, the wife of Harpo and her previous adversary. The black family unit, however, is united in trying to save a fellow family member and is eager to outwit the white establishment. It is sadly humorous that they feel that Squeak must be "whitened" before she goes to see the warden. They rid her hair of grease and doll her up in clothes, like the kind worn by white women; it is an effort to make her appear more genteel. Squeak, in fact, is a mulatto, half-black and half-white; she is, therefore, a symbolic link between the black world she lives in and the white world she is going to meet.
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