As it is mentioned in the last paragraph, Da-duh and her granddaughter experience a competition in the story. The competition is about whose home is better, Da-duhs home in Barbados Island or the narrators home in New York. Each argument starts from a simple thing, like I know you dont have anything like these in New York. They both have strong will and heart; those feelings are shown in the dialogues they have during the narrators visit to Barbados from New York.
This story has a lot of adjectives and symbolism to form the readers picture of the people and the places. For example, when Da-duh starts to hear about New York from her granddaughter, the author writes, I came to know the signs of her surrender: the total stillness that would come over her little hard dry form, the probing gaze that like a surgeons knife sought to cut through my skull to get at the images there, to see if I were lying; above all, her fear, a fear nameless and profound, the same one I had felt beating in the palm of her hand that day in the lorry. This is a pretty long and complicated sentence, but its filled with adjectives so that the reader can have a better feeling to the story.
In To Da-duh story, the author uses a childs point of view in explaining the tone and the mood in the story. The tone in every dialogue in the story shows a competition and love of each persons home. In the end, an irony is shown when the narrator gets a house in a loft above a noisy factory with machines sounds that her grandmother was pretty afraid about. Within this irony, Paule Marshall ends the story with a sad and love feeling between the narrator and Da-duh.