An American Marriage

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Tayari Jones

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Celestial Davenport Character Analysis

Raised in Atlanta by wealthy parents Gloria and Franklin Davenport, Celestial is married to Roy at the beginning of the novel and is also the lifelong best friend of Andre, who lives next door to the couple in Atlanta. Celestial is a burgeoning artist who often makes dolls that draw from her husband’s likeness. Soon after Roy is sent to prison, Celestial discovers she is pregnant; she and Roy decide it would be best to terminate the pregnancy. She later reveals in a letter to Roy that this is her second abortion, having been impregnated by one of her college professors at Howard University before transferring to Spelman College—incidentally, where she was originally introduced to Roy through Andre. Though she tries to remain faithful to and supportive of her husband throughout his sentence, as she grows more focused on her blossoming artistic career she becomes lax in her visits and letters to Roy. When Roy eventually questions Celestial’s dedication to him, she tells him she can no longer be his wife but also does not file for divorce. She becomes romantically involved with and eventually engaged to Andre. Though Celestial considers trying to remain married to Roy after he is released, both realize that too much has changed between them in the time Roy has been away. She and Andre remain together, though unmarried, and Celestial is pregnant at the end of the novel.

Celestial Davenport Quotes in An American Marriage

The An American Marriage quotes below are all either spoken by Celestial Davenport or refer to Celestial Davenport. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Algonquin edition of An American Marriage published in 2018.
Part 1, Chapter 2 Quotes

Memory is a queer creature, an eccentric curator. I still look back on that night, although not as often as I once did. How long can you live with your face twisted over your shoulder? No matter what people may say, this was not a failure to remember. I’m not sure it is a failure at all.

Related Characters: Celestial Davenport (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr.
Page Number: 28
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Did we love so forcefully that night because we knew or because we didn’t? Was there an alarm from the future, a furious bell without its clapper? Did this hopeless bell manage to generate a breeze, causing me to reach to the floor to find my slip and use it to cover myself? Did some subtle warning cause Roy to turn and pin me to his side with his heavy arm?

Related Characters: Celestial Davenport (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr.
Page Number: 34
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But what is real? Was it our uneventful first impression? Or the day in New York, of all places, where we found each other once again? Or did things “get real” when we married, or was it the day that the prosecutor in a little nowhere town declared Roy to be a flight risk? The state declared that though he may have roots in Louisiana, his home was in Atlanta, so he was held without bond or bail. At this pronouncement, Roy spat out a caustic laugh. “So now roots are irrelevant?”

Related Characters: Celestial Davenport (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr.
Page Number: 37
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Sleeping by myself didn’t kill me then and will not kill me now. But this is what loss has taught me of love. Our house isn’t simply empty, our home has been emptied. Love makes a place in your life, it makes a place for itself in your bed. Invisibly, it makes a place in your body, rerouting all your blood vessels, throbbing right alongside your heart. When it’s gone, nothing is whole again.

Related Characters: Celestial Davenport (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr.
Page Number: 41
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Am I different? It has been close to three years, so I guess I have changed. Yesterday I sat under the hickory tree in the front yard. It’s the only place where I find rest and just feel fine. I know fine isn’t a lot, but it’s rare for me these days. Even when I’m happy, there is something in between me and whatever good news comes my way. It’s like eating a butterscotch still sealed in a wrapper. The tree is untouched by whatever worries we humans fret over. I think about how it was here before I was born and it will be here after we’re all gone. Maybe this should make me sad, but it doesn’t.

Related Characters: Celestial Davenport (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr.
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Page Number: 80
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Dear Celestial,

I am innocent.

Dear Roy,

I am innocent, too.

Related Characters: Roy Hamilton Jr. (speaker), Celestial Davenport (speaker)
Page Number: 84
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Part 2, Chapter 1 Quotes

Grandmamma would tell Evie to hush and remind her that getting left by a man was not the worst thing that ever happened to somebody. And Evie would say, “It’s the worst thing that ever happened to me.” She said it so much that she came down with lupus. “God wanted me to see what misery really was,” Evie said. I didn’t like all this God talk, like He was up there toying with us. I preferred more of the tenderness and acceptance my grandmother promised in her hymns. I told this to Evie when I was a little boy and she said, “You got to work with the god you were given.”

You also have to work with the love you are given, with all of the complications clanging behind it like tin cans tied to a bridal sedan.

Related Characters: Andre (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr., Celestial Davenport, Carlos , Evie
Page Number: 102-103
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Part 2, Chapter 2 Quotes

“I’m ready. But I can’t lie. Sometimes I feel guilty as hell for just being able to live my life.”

I didn’t have to tell him that I understood, because he knew that I did. There should be a word for this, the way it feels to steal something that’s already yours.

Related Characters: Celestial Davenport (speaker), Andre (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr., Franklin Davenport
Page Number: 115
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Part 2, Chapter 4 Quotes

When I was twenty-four, living in New York City, I thought maybe black love went that way, too, integrated into extinction.

Nikki Giovanni said, “Black love is Black wealth.”

Related Characters: Celestial Davenport (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr.
Page Number: 135
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Part 2, Chapter 6 Quotes

We laughed, a real laugh, a shared laugh. This is when our life changed. We came to each other with joy on our lips. What came next may not have been legally binding; there was no clergyman or witness. But it was ours.

Related Characters: Andre (speaker), Celestial Davenport
Page Number: 159
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Part 2, Chapter 10 Quotes

Now Mr. Davenport was loyal to Roy above his own daughter. In a way, the whole black race was loyal to Roy, a man just down from the cross.

Page Number: 192
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Part 2, Chapter 12 Quotes

“Is it love, or is it convenience?” Gloria asked me that Thanksgiving Day after my father had stormed upstairs and Andre went to gather our coats. She explained that convenience, habit, comfort, obligation—these are all things that wear the same clothing as love sometimes. Did I think this thing with Andre was maybe too easy? He is literally the boy next door.

Related Characters: Celestial Davenport (speaker), Andre, Gloria Davenport
Page Number: 208
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Part 3, Chapter 5 Quotes

The son that Celestial and I didn’t have would have been four or five, I think. If a kindergartener slept in the backroom, there is no way Celestial would be talking about how she’s with Andre now. I would say, “A boy need his father.” This is a scientific fact. There wouldn’t be anything else to talk about.

But as things were, there was a lot to talk about, more words than could fit into my mouth.

Related Characters: Roy Hamilton Jr. (speaker), Celestial Davenport, Andre
Page Number: 244
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Part 3, Chapter 6 Quotes

“I accidentally killed a man,” he told me. “I’ve been through a lot, Celestial. Even if you go in innocent, you don’t come out that way. So, please?”

Related Characters: Roy Hamilton Jr. (speaker), Celestial Davenport (speaker)
Page Number: 248
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Part 3, Chapter 9 Quotes

All I wanted to take with me was my tooth. For years, I stored it in a velvet box, like what a ring comes in. I couldn’t tell her because she would think that I was being sentimental, that I was turning the memory of our first date over in my mouth like a mint. She wouldn’t understand that I couldn’t leave without the rest of my body.

Related Characters: Roy Hamilton Jr. (speaker), Celestial Davenport
Related Symbols: Roy’s Tooth
Page Number: 261
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Part 3, Chapter 10 Quotes

But I was sorry. Not for what was between Celestial and me, I would never regret that. I was sorry for a lot of things. I was sorry for Evie, suffering from lupus for so many years. I was sorry for elephants killed for their ivory. I was sorry for Carlos, who traded one family for another. I was sorry for everyone in the world because we all had to die and nobody knew what happened after that. I was sorry for Celestial, who was probably watching from the window. Most of all, I was sorry for Roy. The last time I saw him on that morning before his mother’s wake, he said, “I never had a chance, did I? I only thought I did.”

Related Characters: Andre (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr., Celestial Davenport, Carlos , Evie
Page Number: 278
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Part 3, Chapter 11 Quotes

But he only turned toward Old Hickey. “It’s too much.” Then quickly—it must have been quickly—but I somehow took notice of each move, Roy tucked his lips against his teeth, gripped the tree like a brother, and then tipped his head back, presenting his face to the sky before driving his forehead against the ancient bark. The sound was muted, like the wet crack of an egg against the kitchen floor. He did it again, harder this time.

Related Characters: Celestial Davenport (speaker), Roy Hamilton Jr., Andre
Related Symbols: Old Hickey
Page Number: 282
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Celestial Davenport Character Timeline in An American Marriage

The timeline below shows where the character Celestial Davenport appears in An American Marriage. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...people who have left home, as opposed to those who have not. Though his wife Celestial refers to him as a country boy, he sees his home of Eloe, Louisiana as... (full context)
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...reflects that, ten years after arriving in Atlanta, the city had become his home and Celestial his family. At that point, they’d been happily married for a year and a half.... (full context)
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Roy is Celestial’s muse. Her first award-winning sculpture is a work in glass that looks like a large... (full context)
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...and he hopes to buy a new home because their current home was deeded from Celestial’s parents to her alone. As they approach Eloe, Celestial tells Roy she has a bad... (full context)
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...parents’ home, Roy bounds out of the car and Olive is elated to see him. Celestial remains in the car at first, until Roy returns to help her out. After ushering... (full context)
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When the women join them in the kitchen, Olive tells Celestial that she hears her daughter-in-law is famous; Roy had sent his mother a copy of... (full context)
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Celestial brings in a doll swaddled like a baby, a commission for the mayor of Atlanta.... (full context)
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...says he’s booked them a room at the Piney Woods. Olive asks if this was Celestial’s idea, but Roy takes full credit. It takes them a long while to leave the... (full context)
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On their way to the hotel, Roy pulls over near a bridge. He carries Celestial down the embankment, grateful to be stronger than her. As they sit near the bank... (full context)
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The hotel where they stay is not particularly nice. Roy tells Celestial that Olive worked there as a cleaner when the place was called The Rebel’s Roost... (full context)
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When Celestial asks if his father was working at the time, Roy reveals that Big Roy is... (full context)
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Roy stops Celestial from saying more by speaking the words “November 17.” They use this code, the anniversary... (full context)
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...8:48 p.m. and at taps on the door to his own room at 8:53 p.m. Celestial makes them drinks and Roy notes that this is the last happy evening he’d experience... (full context)
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Celestial says that the night at the motel continues to haunt her memory, but that no... (full context)
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Roy says that he didn’t want Celestial’s parents to know that Olive was a teenager when he was born. Celestial reminds Roy... (full context)
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Celestial and Roy make love, and Celestial cries, believing that her tears are caused by “passion... (full context)
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Celestial tells the story, in flashback, of how she met Roy in college. After one bad... (full context)
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Celestial doesn’t meet Roy until a month later when he barges into Andre’s room unannounced. He... (full context)
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...Roy, but he sits in jail for 100 days before his case goes to trial. Celestial remains in Louisiana for a month. When she sends the mayor the doll she made... (full context)
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The day before the trial, Celestial cuts off Andre’s dreadlocks. Everyone in the family dresses to look their most “innocent” during... (full context)
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Roy sobs upon being sentenced to twelve years in jail. In his weeping, Celestial recognizes all the tears he wasn’t allowed to cry before. She reflects on the night... (full context)
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Celestial writes Roy a letter saying that she didn’t think it was possible he would be... (full context)
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Roy writes to Celestial saying that he hasn’t written a letter since high school and that this will be... (full context)
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Roy writes to Celestial again to tell her he received all her letters. In three months, he has had... (full context)
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Roy tells Celestial that it’s bad in jail and that no one, not even a murderer, deserves to... (full context)
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Celestial tells Roy that she will have visited by the time he gets this letter and... (full context)
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Roy thanks Celestial for visiting. He writes that he felt weird seeing her for the first time in... (full context)
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Celestial throws herself into her work of making the dolls. They remind her of a baby... (full context)
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Roy writes back to deny that he forced her into anything. Celestial is a strong woman who wouldn’t just follow anyone’s orders. Celestial was relieved at the... (full context)
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Celestial tells Roy she left Howard University for Spelman after just a year because she had... (full context)
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Celestial stopped going to classes and the college called her parents, who filed a suit against... (full context)
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...to go. Uncle Banks finally moves forward with the appeal. Roy dislikes how much money Celestial’s parents are paying Banks, and he vows to pay them back. He likes handwritten letters... (full context)
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Celestial writes back to Roy and encloses a few photos: some old photos and some new... (full context)
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Roy writes to Celestial, telling her he misses everything about her and he can’t believe how much time they... (full context)
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Roy writes to apologize for the last letter being a little “out there” and asks Celestial to write him back. Celestial writes to tell him he didn’t freak her out, but... (full context)
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Roy tells Celestial that his cellmate Walter took Celestial’s side in the argument. Walter sees the negative association... (full context)
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Roy writes to Celestial’s father, saying that he feels he has a lot in common with Mr. Davenport. He... (full context)
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...that Gloria prays for him every day. He revises Roy’s story about asking him for Celestial’s hand in marriage, saying that he only told Roy that Celestial had a mind of... (full context)
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Roy writes to Celestial, mentioning that he wrote to Franklin to ask him to talk to her. He recalls... (full context)
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...was already gone. She did find a job and a husband there, though. Roy tells Celestial that he felt like a sucker when he found out the truth about his cellmate,... (full context)
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...told him she was pregnant was to run, and Roy worries he reacted similarly when Celestial told him she was pregnant. Walter forces Roy to admit that life in prison improved... (full context)
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Celestial writes to Roy to ask for his forgiveness. She says that initially she didn’t visit... (full context)
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Roy writes Celestial formally discontinuing their relationship. He asks that she not come to visit him. He then... (full context)
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Roy writes Banks to accept his continued services and to say he’ll leave Celestial on his list, but to please not tell her that this is the case. Roy... (full context)
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...be jealous of the past, in the form of Roy, and stakes his claim to Celestial by saying he has loved her for his whole life, having grown up next door... (full context)
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Andre reflects on how, upon his parents divorced when he was seven, Celestial volunteered Franklin to be Andre’s new daddy, though Mr. Davenport never quite felt like a... (full context)
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After high school, they went to separate schools: Andre to Morehouse in Atlanta and Celestial to Howard in D.C., before Celestial returned home from college prematurely and transferred to Spelman.... (full context)
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In the present, Andre comes home from work one day to find Celestial drinking wine at the kitchen table. She tells him that Roy is being released, and... (full context)
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Later that night, Celestial finally calls out to Andre. She tells him to come to bed, and he embraces... (full context)
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Celestial reflects on Franklin’s dedication to his experiments and his stubborn opposition to her and Andre.... (full context)
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They eat dinner at the well-worn heavy oak table, a gift to Celestial’s parents from her grandmother, and an heirloom that will eventually be passed down to Celestial... (full context)
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...treat she’d once given Franklin at the start of their courtship. Gloria can tell that Celestial has something to say, and when she serves the cake she tells her daughter, “Whatever... (full context)
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Celestial raises her glass in a toast to Uncle Banks, announcing that Roy will be released... (full context)
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...as a hostage of the state. Gloria asks Franklin to apologize, arguing that they raised Celestial to know her own mind. Franklin says it’s not fair to punish Roy for being... (full context)
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...that he will be released, Walter has been sharing non-stop advice. He reminds Roy that Celestial has been living her life all the time that Roy’s has been on hold. He... (full context)
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...not ready to confront his mother’s grave. Big Roy then asks when Roy will visit Celestial, and Roy says in a couple days, though she doesn’t know his date of release... (full context)
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Every night, Roy chants Celestial’s name like a plea. He thinks of her vision board that held pictures of art... (full context)
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...parallel flashback, Roy remembers the same night outside the restaurant, in which he stands memorizing Celestial’s face. She asks him if he wants to go to a bar where her roommate... (full context)
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Roy asks Celestial what she’s studying and she tells him about the dolls she makes. She says the... (full context)
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The thief gets away, and, instead of continuing the chase, Celestial stops to make sure Roy is okay. She tells him he is her hero and... (full context)
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...flashback to the Sunday before Olive’s funeral, Andre goes to visit Roy in prison while Celestial stays with Big Roy. There, Roy asks Andre to take his place carrying his mother’s... (full context)
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At Roy’s request, Celestial sings a hymn at Olive’s funeral. In the limo on the way to the cemetery,... (full context)
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In the limo, Celestial talks about how, although she hasn’t thought about or touched another man since Roy was... (full context)
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Celestial tells Andre that Olive would hit her when she went too long without visiting Roy.... (full context)
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The two arrive at a hotel, where a woman refers to Andre and Celestial as newlyweds because of the way they hold one another. Celestial invites Andre into her... (full context)
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...looks at his family bible, which contains a small family tree that does not include Celestial’s name. At Walmart Roy runs into Davina Hardrick, a woman with deep Eloe roots whom... (full context)
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...for two pieces of lingerie, having only received one. He’d resolved the situation by promising Celestial that he loved only her. (full context)
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...up and Davina takes over. She simply says, “Bon appétit,” and Roy again thinks of Celestial, who always said the same. Davina asks for a third time if Roy is still... (full context)
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Celestial reflects on how her mother Gloria taught her to pray as a child in Atlanta,... (full context)
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...porch, asking if he’s alive when he finally returns. Roy wonders whether he’s cheating on Celestial or just his memories of her. The way Davina treated him helped to salvage his... (full context)
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...himself to see if he’s still married. The phone rings again, but Roy knows it’s Celestial and doesn’t pick up. (full context)
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...to ring again in Big Roy’s house, but neither man answers. Roy wants to see Celestial in person to talk to her. Big Roy offers his son money for the trip,... (full context)
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...that Big Roy knows about Walter, and the latter admits that Olive told him and Celestial told her. On Celestial’s last visit before Olive died, she asked to be alone with... (full context)
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...He thinks about Mr. Davenport and how he’s been more loyal to Roy than to Celestial in this situation, and how this mirrors the whole black race’s support of Roy following... (full context)
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...married. His father asks who he’s marrying, and Andre is surprised he can’t guess it’s Celestial. Carlos asks about Roy, assuming he was guilty, and Andre defends him, informing Carlos that... (full context)
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...take the blows and then get on with his life. Carlos wishes Andre well with Celestial. As Andre gets ready to go, Carlos tells him to come back on Christmas and... (full context)
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...son, a gift he knows will please him. He leaves a picture of him and Celestial. (full context)
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On Thanksgiving, Gloria asked Celestial if her decision to be with Andre is based on love or convenience. Celestial views... (full context)
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Celestial thinks back to Gloria telling her that she’s like her father, impulsive and little bit... (full context)
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Roy writes to Walter to say he’s in Mississippi on his way to see Celestial. When he went to the bank he discovered that Olive had started adding the money... (full context)
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Andre’s plan is to make it clear that he and Celestial  aren’t abandoning Roy, even as he breaks the news that they are now engaged. They’ll... (full context)
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...it’s between him and Roy, but Big Roy says the matter is between Roy and Celestial. Andre claims to know where things stand between him and Celestial, but Big Roy argues... (full context)
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...He then asks that Andre not use the phone while he’s staying there so that Celestial has time to work out her feelings for Roy without his influence. He adds that... (full context)
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Celestial used to think she saw Roy around when he was locked up and she became... (full context)
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...in the store are some of the less conventionally beautiful ones, some purposefully flawed because Celestial believes that children need something not quite perfect to treasure. Only one perfect poupée remains,... (full context)
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Celestial is almost ready to close the store several hours later when a well-dressed man walks... (full context)
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At the last moment, Celestial reopens the box and holds the doll to her chest. The customer asks if she’s... (full context)
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...He drives into Atlanta and notes that there are no skyscrapers, only sky-reachers. He knows Celestial’s store is in the neighborhood he recommended she base it in. He drives there and... (full context)
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Roy returns to watch Celestial through the window as she helps the male customer. He thinks he feels her eyes... (full context)
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Celestial knows her house so well that she can tell something is different about it even... (full context)
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Roy leads Celestial to the living room, noting the different wall color and the African artifacts that Celestial’s... (full context)
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Roy notes that Celestial’s looks are different—she’s sadder, and her scent has changed too. He reflects on how welcoming... (full context)
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Someone rings the doorbell and both Celestial and Roy jump. Tamar is at the door with her baby Jelani, saying he wants... (full context)
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...whether this is about how old he was when Big Roy made him his junior. Celestial returns with champagne flutes, and Celestial and Tamar talk about fabric while Roy entertains Jelani.... (full context)
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As Tamar is leaving with Jelani, Celestial imagines that Tamar is Roy and Celestial’s successful daughter. When Celestial takes out her phone,... (full context)
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Celestial asks Roy if he has a condom and Roy is disheartened by the question. She... (full context)
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...opened her home and herself to him. He thinks that if he’d come with condoms, Celestial would have assumed that Roy had been sleeping around, and he storms off to the... (full context)
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...doesn’t know what to do. She tells him to sleep and asks if Andre and Celestial were together when he arrived, since she once saw them getting drunk at the bar... (full context)
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...wants children, too, and that he deserves “that new beginning.” Andre says he isn’t sure Celestial wants kids and Big Roy speculates that she just thinks she doesn’t. Big Roy mentions... (full context)
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In the morning, Big Roy tells Andre that Andre wants Celestial, but he doesn’t need her like Roy does. Big Roy recommends that Andre stay away... (full context)
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...next morning, still with the dolls staring at him, though they seem less mocking now. Celestial asks if he’s hungry and he says he will be after bathing. Celestial has put... (full context)
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Roy joins Celestial in the kitchen. She prepares breakfast for them and Roy asks that they say grace.... (full context)
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Roy watches Celestial do the dishes and can tell by the set of her shoulders that she’s decided... (full context)
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...and that she’s happy he’s found someone to marry. She asks if Roy is sure Celestial is the right woman for him, however, and requests that he and Celestial visit so... (full context)
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...lost. He spots his fancy tennis racket in the garage and calls out, saying that Celestial is not the only terrible person. He mimes a backhand and accidentally hits Celestial’s car.... (full context)
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Roy approaches Celestial and he asks if she thinks he’s dangerous now. He asks Celestial if she cares... (full context)
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...to find Roy chopping away at Old Hickey. Roy lodges the ax in the tree. Celestial goes to Andre and he asks her if she’s okay. Roy answers for her that... (full context)
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Celestial sits on the bench beneath Old Hickey between the two men. Andre puts his arm... (full context)
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Andre tells Roy that he has to accept that he and Celestial are together now. Roy tells Celestial to go inside, but she refuses, saying this is... (full context)
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Andre says that Celestial doesn’t belong to Roy and if he doesn’t understand that, Roy should punch him and... (full context)
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Andre can’t bring himself to apologize to Roy. He’s not sorry for his love of Celestial, but he feels pity for all of the people who suffer in different ways, especially... (full context)
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Celestial wonders why she left Roy and Andre outside. By the time she gets to the... (full context)
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The police arrive anyway and ask Celestial if everything is all right. Celestial begs them not to hurt Roy and the cop... (full context)
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...set up and presents the option of Roy staying at Andre’s house, which Roy refuses. Celestial thinks about how before Roy returned he had seemed more like an idea than a... (full context)
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Roy asks if Celestial has anything else to say. She thinks about Big Roy at Olive’s funeral, and how... (full context)
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Celestial cleans Roy’s wounds. He refuses to go to the hospital, saying he knows Celestial can... (full context)
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Celestial arrives at Andre’s house at 1:00 a.m., wishing him a merry Christmas. He hands her... (full context)
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Andre tells Celestial to go and reminds her that she’s the one making the choice. He asks how... (full context)
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Roy wakes up to Celestial being his “Georgia girl” again. They wish each other a merry Christmas and he thinks... (full context)
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They make breakfast together and Roy notices the ruby shining on Celestial’s right hand. Celestial answers the phone and wishes her parents happy holidays, though she tells... (full context)
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Celestial makes Roy toast in the same way Olive used to do it, which Roy recognizes... (full context)
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While Celestial showers, Roy calls his father. He thinks Big Roy sounds sad, but his father says... (full context)
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Celestial emerges from the bathroom in a negligée. She lies on the bed and calls Roy... (full context)
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Back in the bedroom, Celestial pulls Roy to her, telling him she wants him to be okay. He thinks about... (full context)
Epilogue
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 Roy writes to Celestial saying that he was saved in the dark of their bedroom. He expresses his shame... (full context)
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Celestial writes to Roy that she hopes they can get to know each other again some... (full context)
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...has with Davina for a dream that might not fit him any longer. Roy tells Celestial he will pray for her family. He tells her he goes to the spot under... (full context)