Key Quotations from Letters 46 - 60

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Below are the ten most important quotations from letters forty-six to sixty in the novel. Learning, knowing and having the ability to recall important quotations in an AS Level examination puts you in an advantageous position, as it saves you the time of having to search through the book in attempt to find a relevant reference.

"I donít sleep. I donít cry. I donít do nothing. Iím cold too. Pretty soon I think maybe Iím dead."
Letter 50, as the old subservient Celie dies away, a new vindicative one is born in the light of the news that Nettie is alive.

"People who need Christ and good medical advice."
Letter 55, Nettie is here guilty perhaps of seeing Africa through an American eye.

"Thatís why the bible says Jesus Christ had hair like lambís wool. Lambís wool is not straight, Celie. It isnít even curly."
Letter 56, while Celie uncovers the truth about her life, Nettie realises the truth about God in Africa.

"It is run by white people and they donít say anything about caring about Africa, but only about duty."
Letter 56, Alice Walker voices her opinion on Christian charity.

"She says an African daisy and an English daisy are both flowers, but totally different kinds."
Letter 56, Nettie shares the attitudes of an old English missionary.

"From Africa they have thousands of vases, jars, masks . . . and they are all so beautiful it is hard to imagine that the people who made them donít still exist."
Letter 57, Nettie admires the work in British museums, but like Samuelís Aunt Theodosia does not understand the significance of what is laying before her.

"Millions and millions of Africans were captured and sold into slaveryóyou and me Celie!"
Letter 57, Nettie realises why Africa is so weak. The best people they had were sold.

"The president talked a good bit about his efforts trying to develop the country and about his problems with the natives, who donít want to work to help build the country up."
Letter 58, Nettie, on a man who knows little about the country or its people.

"Us sleep like sisters, me and Shug."
Letter 60, the theme of sisterhood and idea of unity and sharing is explored here.

"A needle not a razor in my hand."
Letter 60, economic liberation and independence are things soon to follow for Celie.

Written by Matthew Kane [2001]

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