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The Color Purple

The Color Purple


by Alice Walker


Character Analysis

Corrine is the Reverend Samuel’s wife and the adoptive mother of Celie’s two children, Olivia and Adam. Corrine is a good woman, but in Africa she becomes paranoid about Nettie, especially because the locals think Samuel is polygamous with two wives. She is suspicious that Nettie and Samuel may have been having an illicit relationship for a long time and that the children are theirs. Before she dies, however, she realizes the truth and lets her husband know that she no longer resents Nettie.