The Color Purple Letters 86–87: Summary and Analysis

Alice Walker

Letters 86–87: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Stanley Earl: Eleanor Jane’s husband

Reynolds Stanley: the baby son of Stanley Earl and Eleanor Jane

James: Shug Avery’s son

Nettie writes that Tashi has run away with her mother to join the mbeles. Although Nettie is upset, there is nothing more that she or her family can do in Africa. The rest of the tribe is dying out due to malaria and other diseases, as a result of the lack of yams that were once plentiful in the region. The family decides to return to America, where Nettie hopes to find Celie. Nettie cannot believe that it has been 30 years since they have last met, and she hopes that living with Mr.____ has not changed her character or...

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