Study Guide

The Color Purple Letter Forty-Five

By Alice Walker

Letter Forty-Five

  • Shug’s coming for Christmas and she has a big surprise.
  • Mr.__ thinks she’s bringing a car for him because she’s making "big money" now.
  • When Shug comes, it turns out she brings a "skinny big toof man wearing red suspenders"—her new husband. His name is Grady.
  • Shug also brings a car, but she said she bought it as a wedding present for herself and Grady.
  • Mr.__ and Celie both feel desolate.