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The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by Alice Walker

The Color Purple Letter Forty-Four Summary

  • Sofia describes her job for the mayor and his wife as slavery. Her son takes offense at the word "slavery" and says she’s a captive – not a slave.
  • Sofia teaches Miss Millie, the mayor’s wife, how to drive. Finally, Miss Millie takes Sofia home for Christmas – the first day Sofia’s been home in five years of working in the mayor’s household.
  • Sofia ends up only staying for fifteen minutes because it turns out that Miss Millie doesn’t know how to back up out of the driveway and she refuses to let a strange black man drive her home. So she makes Sofia drive her home. To top it off, she acts like Sofia should be grateful.

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