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The Color Purple

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.

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