Study Guide

The Color Purple Letter Eighty-Five

By Alice Walker

Letter Eighty-Five

  • 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.