What fortune does Celie read from her fortune cookie?

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Later in Alice Walker’s novel, The Color Purple, Shug Avery takes Celie out for food to let her know that she has fallen for someone else. She tries taking help of fortune cookies to do that. Celie’s fortune cookie reads as the following…

Because you are who you are, the future looks happy and bright.

Though Celie is quite innocent to believe it, the reading of the fortune cookie does quite match with the present life condition of Celie, and is significant for now Celie has started coming up quite strong as an individual. Nettie will come to live with her, and her future definitely looks better now as her submissive ways are changing. Reading this fortune cookie melts Celie’s heart and fills her eyes with tears. She is also shocked by Shug’s betrayal.


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