Study Guide

Corrine in The Color Purple

By Alice Walker


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.