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The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison

Sex Quotes

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Quote #7

He hated her. He almost wished he could do it – hard, long, and painfully, he hated her so much. (3.8.52)

Cholly was racially humiliated the first time he had sex with a woman. Rather than aim his anger at the white men who wronged him, he redirects it toward black women.

Quote #8

His sexuality was anything but lewd; his patronage of little girls smacked of innocence and was associated in his mind with cleanliness. He was what one might call a very clean old man. (3.9.5)

Soaphead's rationalization of his behavior should be taken with a huge grain of salt here. In any case, the passage shows how his sexual attraction to young girls correlates directly with his attempt to purify himself, both racially and spiritually. It also seems to be a way to combat his first wife Velma's rejection. "Clean old man" is a funny twist on the phrase "dirty old man."

Quote #9

Three women are leaning out of two windows. They see the long clean neck of a new young boy and call to him. He goes to where they are....They give him lemonade in a Mason jar. As he drinks, their eyes float up to him through the bottom of the jar....They give him back his manhood, which he takes aimlessly. (3.8.82)

Cholly presumably encounters Miss Marie, Poland, and China here, but the text leaves this ambiguous. He has fun with them and rediscovers his masculinity.

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