Study Guide

The Color Purple Letter Twenty-Eight

By Alice Walker

Letter Twenty-Eight

  • Sofia and Celie are working on a quilt that has pieces of one of Shug’s yellow dresses in it.
  • Sofia confides in Celie how much Harpo is eating. He’s just eating and eating and eating, even when he isn’t hungry.
  • Celie comes up with reasons why Harpo might be eating so much: Maybe he has a tapeworm. Maybe he’s just been working really hard
  • Celie then observes Harpo’s ridiculous new eating habits for herself.
  • People start to tease Harpo and ask him, "When is it due?" because he’s gaining so much weight.