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In the poem When In Rome Marie Evans depicts a conversation between two people who through use of dialect and implied images share a mistress-servant relationship As the poem opens a direct statement of Mattie dear is expressed This choice of wording which relates an implied condescending tone gives evidence as to the type of relationship that the speaker and the servant Mattie share In the following lines the speaker is further characterized through the description of the box is full which indicates that she has a great deal of food amassed in her pantry This occurrence along with the speakers generous donation of anything contained therein immediately suggests someone of great monetary stature and thus the type to have a servant Immediately Mattie retorts back though only mentally to tell of her distaste for the light cuisine offered to her This lack of a verbal response as well as her implied ignorance through the use of the word aint gives strong evidence to the disparity of character between the two individuals as well as the mistress-servant relationship shared The speaker then proceeds to offer endive a fanciful type of lettuce and thus befitting someone of her status which the servant rebuffs Matties mental comment which starts off with the exasperated expletive Whew denotes that she is now fed up with her food choices and wanton of some of her own cuisine These denotations along with her suggestion of black-eyed peas as an alternate food choice conclusively indicates that Mattie is a quick-tempered black servant and thus fulfills the relationships parametersThe second section of the poem further explains and adds validity to the mistress-servant association that the individuals share As in the previous lines the mistress goes on to offer Mattie more of her food but this time in correlation with the shift with exception In line nineteen the speaker brazenly orders Mattie not to eat her anchovies implying that they are to fine for
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