The Color Purple
by Alice Walker
The Color Purple Letter Eighty-Five Summary
- Celie receives a telegram from the Department of Defense that says Nettie and Samuel were on a boat that sunk.
- All of the letters that Celie has written to Nettie come back to her unopened.
- Celie says, "Being alive begin to seem like an awful strain" now that her sister has been reported drowned.