Pumpkin's mean streak grew in her as a result of being around Hatsumomo so much. When you're around someone who's that mean, then it begins to rub off on you. I think that Hatsumomo planted the seed of resentment in Pumpkin, and events that transpired caused it to grow. Sayuri had tried to befriend Pumpkin on more than one occasion, but to no avail, in the end it was all for naught.
I found Sayuri's growth very fascinating, on one hand, and very shocking on the other. To be used to advance other people's interests is a very maturing experience, and Sayuri was forced to grow up possibly far earlier than she was ready to.
Do you think Mameha would have taken Sayuri as a 'little sister' had the Chairman not insisted upon it?
"La divina podestate, la somma sapienza e 'l primo amore."
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