The Color Purple Letter Fifty-Seven Summary
- Nettie’s sixth letter
- Samuel is a kind man. Nettie realizes that black men can be kind and gentle. Corrine is a lucky woman to be married to Samuel.
- Nettie describes the ship they sailed on and wonders again why Africans sold their own brothers and sisters into slavery.
- Nettie and the Reverend’s family stop off in England. There, Nettie meets white people who are eager to help with their missionary work and also invite them to tea.
- In England, Nettie goes to museums to learn about Africa.
- Nettie learns that Africans used to have a more sophisticated civilization than the English, but that the Africans have fallen on "hard times."
- Nettie list some of the problems that ail Africans: they worship the devil, have lots of diseases, are illiterate, and are "sunk in a spiritual confusion."
- Monrovia, Liberia is their last stop before they reach their final destination. Liberia was founded by ex-slaves who came back to Africa from America. Nettie wonders how the people of Liberia feel about returning to Africa after having been sold as slaves.
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