Study Guide

The Color Purple Letter Seventy-Nine

By Alice Walker

Letter Seventy-Nine

  • Mr.__ comes to Sofia’s mother’s funeral. Afterwards, Sofia tells Celia that he’s changing—he actually works and he even cooks and cleans.
  • Mr.__ and Celie talk. They talk about Henrietta, Sofia’s youngest daughter, who has some kind of blood disease. (It’s unnamed in the novel but we suspect it’s sickle cell.)
  • Celie is really surprised that she can actually hold a conversation with Mr.__ now, and he’s actually being generally nice.
  • Sofia describes how Mr.__ almost died. When he sent Celie the rest of Nettie’s letters, he started to improve. It was his guilt making him so sick.