The Color Purple Letters 80–81: Summary and Analysis

Alice Walker

Letters 80–81: Summary and Analysis

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Doris Baines: an old missionary from England

Harold: a small African child, and the adopted grandson of Doris Baines

Althea: Samuel’s aunt, a missionary

Theodosia: Corrine’s aunt, a missionary and friend to Althea

Edward DuBoyce: a young Harvard scholar

Nettie begins her letter by announcing that she and Samuel were married the previous fall. They were married in England, where they tried to get some help for the Olinkas. The entire village was displaced in order to build new headquarters for the rubber plantation. All of the huts are destroyed and the villagers must live in a gigantic shelter, covered in tin, which had...

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