The Color Purple Letters 70–73: Summary and Analysis

Alice Walker

Letters 70–73: Summary and Analysis

Summary
Nettie tells Samuel and Corrine that she is the aunt of Adam and Olivia, and her sister, Celie, is their mother. Corrine, however, doesn’t believe her. Nettie tries to make Corrine remember her meeting with Celie in the dry goods store years ago, but Corrine doesn’t remember. When Nettie shows her a quilt made from the cloth that Corrine had bought so long ago in order to make Olivia a dress, Corrine starts to cry. She had blocked Celie out of her memory because she looked so much like Olivia that Corrine was afraid that Celie would want her daughter back. Samuel, Corrine, and Nettie hold each other until Corrine drifts off to sleep. Later, she murmurs to Samuel, “I believe,” and dies.

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