Study Guide

The Color Purple Letter Thirty

By Alice Walker

Letter Thirty

  • Celie and Sofia discuss Harpo. Celie tells Sofia that Harpo is trying to get as big as her.
  • Sofia admits that she’s thinking of leaving, joining her sister, Odessa, who doesn’t have any children but loves them. Odessa’s husband is in the military so it would be just them.
  • Sofia says she doesn’t even want to have sex with Harpo anymore. She used to be all excited about sleeping with him, but now she’s just not interested.
  • Celie thinks about her sex life with Mr.__. He just climbs up on top of her and, ten minutes later, it’s over. What is that about?, she thinks. The only time she gets excited is thinking about Shug.