Study Guide

The Color Purple Letter Seventy-One

By Alice Walker

Letter Seventy-One

  • A letter from Nettie.
  • Nettie tries hard to get Corrine to remember meeting Celie in the fabric store so many years ago.
  • Nettie knows that Corrine likes to make quilts with the family’s old clothing, so she pulls out some quilts. With the oldest quilt in hand, she asks Corrine if she remembers buying that fabric.
  • Corrine remembers. She says, "She was so much like Olivia! […] I was afraid she’d want her back. So I forgot her as soon as I could."
  • That night, Corrine dies, but before she does, she tells Samuel, "I believe."