The Color Purple Letters 42–44: Summary and Analysis

Alice Walker

Letters 42–44: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Eleanor Jane: the young daughter of Miss Millie

Billy: the young son of Miss Millie

Jack: Odessa’s husband

Summary
Six months have passed since they tried to use Squeak to get Sofia out of jail. Mary Agnes surprises everybody by starting to sing some songs that she wrote. She soon becomes very popular, and everyone discovers that she has a good singing voice. Harpo can’t understand why she sings now when she had been so quiet the year before, but he doesn’t object.

Meanwhile, Sofia has been released from prison under the condition that she work for the mayor and Miss Millie as their maid. Three years after she starts working for them,...

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