These women are the local prostitutes in Loraine, Ohio. The community knows Miss Marie as the Maginot Line. The women live together in an apartment above the Breedloves. Miss Marie is overweight and kind, China is skinny and sarcastic, and Poland is taciturn. The prostitutes tease each other affectionately and treat Pecola with kindness, while the rest of the community treats her cruelly.
The timeline below shows where the character China, Poland, and Miss Marie appears in The Bluest Eye. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...legs and an ugly face. Claudia attempts to assuage Frieda's fear by telling her that China and Poland are ruined, but they aren't fat. Frieda replies by telling Claudia they aren't... (full context)
...they walk around the side of the building to try the side door, they encounter The Maginot Line (Miss Marie) sitting on the second-story porch drinking root beer. The girls look up at... (full context)