Study Guide

The Color Purple Letter Forty-Eight

By Alice Walker

Letter Forty-Eight

  • The next morning, Mr.__ and Grady show up drunk and Celie wakes up next to Shug. Celie says that sleeping next to Shug "feel like heaven."
  • Celie doesn’t like Grady. She doesn’t like the way Grady treats Shug, calling her "Mama" (to which Shug responds, "I ain’t your f***ing mama").
  • Shug tells Mary Agnes that she should sing in public. Shug says that they should sing together at Harpo’s one night.
  • Harpo objects and Shug tells him he’s a fool.