The Color Purple

The Color Purple

Celie's more attractive younger sister. Forced to leave first her own home when Pa turns his sexual attention to her and then Mr. _____'s house after he makes sexual advances toward her, Nettie ends up helping out in the household of Reverend Samuel and his wife Corrine. The three of them, and the couple's adopted children Adam and Olivia (who are Celie's biological children), travel to Africa to serve as missionaries to the Olinka people. There, Nettie becomes educated and gains a new spiritual understanding of the world that mirrors Celie's own, and later marries Samuel after Corrine dies of disease. Nettie is later reunited with her sister, and she, as step-mother to Adam and Olivia, introduces the children to their biological mother at the novel's end.

Nettie Quotes in The Color Purple

The The Color Purple quotes below are all either spoken by Nettie or refer to Nettie. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Pocket Books edition of The Color Purple published in 1985.
Letter 3 Quotes

I keep hoping he fine somebody to marry. I see him looking at my little sister. She scared. But I say I'll take care of you. With God help.

Related Characters: Celie (speaker), Nettie, Pa (Alphonso)
Related Symbols: God
Page Number: 4
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Letter 9 Quotes

I lay there thinking bout Nettie while he [Mr. _____] on top of me, wonder if she safe. And then I think bout Shug Avery. I know what he doing to me he done to Shug Avery and maybe she like it. I put my arm around him.

Related Characters: Celie (speaker), Nettie, Mr. _____ (Albert), Shug Avery
Page Number: 13
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Letter 53 Quotes

But God, I miss you, Celie. I think about the time you laid yourself down for me. I love you with all my heart.

Related Characters: Nettie (speaker), Celie
Related Symbols: God
Page Number: 133
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Letter 58 Quotes

Did I mention my first sight of the African coast? Something struck in me, in my soul, Celie, like a large bell, and I just vibrated. Corrine and Samuel felt the same. And we kneeled down right on deck and gave thanks to God for letting us see the land for which our mothers and fathers cried—and lived and died—to see again.

Related Characters: Nettie (speaker), Samuel, Corrine
Related Symbols: God
Page Number: 149
Explanation and Analysis:

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Letter 62 Quotes

Corrine said to me this morning, Nettie, to stop any kind of confusion in the minds of these people, I think we should call one another brother and sister, all the time.

Related Characters: Nettie (speaker), Corrine
Page Number: 163
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Letter 64 Quotes

Today one of the boys in my afternoon class burst out, as he entered, The road approaches! The road approaches! He had been hunting in the forest with his father and seen it. Every day now the villagers gather at the edge of the village near the cassava fields, and watch the building of the road.

Related Characters: Nettie (speaker)
Page Number: 169
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Letter 71 Quotes

Don't cry. Don't cry, I said. My sister was glad to see Olivia with you. Glad to see her alive. She thought both her children were dead.

Related Characters: Nettie (speaker), Corrine, Olivia
Page Number: 193
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Letter 72 Quotes

Now the engineers have come to inspect the territory. Two white men came yesterday and spent a couple of hours strolling about the village, mainly looking at the wells. Such is the innate politeness of the Olinka that they rushed about preparing food for them . . . And the white men sat eating as if the food was beneath notice.

Related Characters: Nettie (speaker)
Page Number: 196
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Letter 80 Quotes

You may have guessed that I loved him all along; but I did not know it. oh, I loved him as a brother . . . but Celie, I love him bodily, as a man! I love his walk, his size, his shape, his smell, the kinkiness of his hair.

Related Characters: Nettie (speaker), Samuel
Page Number: 244
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Letter 87 Quotes

But guess what else . . . When the missionaries got to the part bout Adam and Eve being naked, the Olinka peoples nearly bust out laughing . . . They tried to explain . . . that it was they who put Adam and Eve out of the village because they was naked. Their word for naked is white. But since they are covered by color they are not naked.

Related Characters: Nettie (speaker)
Related Symbols: God
Page Number: 281
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Letter 90 Quotes

And I see they [the children] think that me and Nettie and Shug and Albert and Samuel and Harpo and Sofia and Jack and Odessa real old . . . But I don't think us feel old at all. And us so happy. Matter of fact, I think this the youngest us ever felt.

Related Characters: Celie (speaker), Nettie, Mr. _____ (Albert), Shug Avery, Sofia, Harpo, Samuel, Adam, Olivia, Tashi, Jack and Odessa
Related Symbols: God
Page Number: 295
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Nettie Character Timeline in The Color Purple

The timeline below shows where the character Nettie appears in The Color Purple. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Letter 3
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...Monticello. Celie worries that her father will soon have sexual designs on her younger sister, Nettie. Celie vows to protect her sister from harm, "with God's help." (full context)
Letter 4
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...town of Gray, and brings her back to the house to live with Celie and Nettie. Nettie begins dating an older man, a widower referred to only as Mr. ____, but... (full context)
Letter 5
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Celie worries that her father will begin sexually abusing Nettie, so she changes her mind and tells Nettie to wed Mr. ____ Celie reveals to... (full context)
Letter 6
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Mr. ____ asks for Nettie's hand in marriage, but Celie's father refuses, saying that Mr. ____ is surrounded by scandal,... (full context)
Letter 7
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...sick and must stay in bed. Celie tells her father to sleep with her, not Nettie, while their stepmother is ill. Celie dresses up for the occasion to entice her father;... (full context)
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Mr. ____ comes again to ask for Nettie's hand in marriage. Celie's father says no, again, but tells him he can marry Celie,... (full context)
Letter 8
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...the spring to decide whether or not to marry Celie. In the meantime, Celie and Nettie study together, although only Nettie is still in school. They read in particular about Christopher... (full context)
Letter 11
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Nettie runs away from her childhood home because she is afraid of Pa's sexual advances, although... (full context)
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Celie reports that Mr. ____ still "has eyes" for Nettie. Nettie continues studying for school while in their home, and Celie attempts to control Mr.... (full context)
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Mr. ____ continues to make advances to Nettie, and strongly implies that he wishes to have sex with her. Nettie refuses Mr. ____,... (full context)
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Nettie is happy to leave Mr. ____ and his "rotten" children, but feels guilty to leave... (full context)
Letter 47
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...during the conversation with Shug. Celie then talks briefly, about her mother's death, her sister Nettie's departure, and her terrible time raising Mr. ____'s children—all of whom, except for Harpo, hate... (full context)
Letter 49
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This letter includes the full text of another letter Celie has received—from Nettie. The letter from Nettie says that she, Nettie, is safe and happy, and so are... (full context)
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..."funny stamps" and putting them away, not showing them to Celie. Shug asks Celie about Nettie—if she was smart and what she looked like—because Shug knows that Nettie is the only... (full context)
Letter 50
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...trouble believing that Mr. ____ could be so cruel as to keep the letters from Nettie without sharing them with Celie, but Shug assures Celie that Mr. ____ can be "that... (full context)
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...crisis without Mr. ____'s noticing. Celie is still extremely upset with Mr. ____ for keeping Nettie's letters, though she has not had a chance to find them yet. (full context)
Letter 51
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Shug and Celie realize that Mr. ____ keeps the letters from Nettie in a trunk in his bedroom. Shug and Celie plan to slip the letters out... (full context)
Letter 52
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Nettie's first letter describes the immediate aftermath of her departure from Celie's and Mr. ____'s house,... (full context)
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Nettie fled into the town and stopped at the Reverend's house, where Celie had told her... (full context)
Letter 53
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Nettie's next letter says that she has settled in with Samuel and Corrine (the Reverend and... (full context)
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Nettie repeats that Celie's two children, being raised as adopted children by Samuel and Corrine, are... (full context)
Letter 54
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Nettie's next letter shows Nettie's increased anxiety that Albert is following through on his promise—that he... (full context)
Letter 55
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The next letter from Nettie arrives two months letter. Nettie has been writing Celie letters from a steamer ship; she... (full context)
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Nettie reports that she has taken the job as an assistant to Samuel and Corrine, and... (full context)
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Nettie says that, after she learned she would be going to Africa as a missionary, she... (full context)
Letter 56
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Nettie tells of their preparations before their trip for Africa: Corrine made traveling outfits, and Nettie,... (full context)
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Nettie reports on their train-trip from Georgia to New York City, from which they set sail.... (full context)
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Nettie tells of her brief, two-week training in New York in the Olinka dialect—the Olinka are... (full context)
Letter 57
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Nettie and the Reverend's family next sail from New York to England, where they meet with... (full context)
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Nettie also learns that some of her brethren in Africa sold her ancestors to white slave-traders,... (full context)
Letter 58
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In her next letter, Nettie tells of their arrival in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, which is filled with white... (full context)
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Their next stop is Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. There, Nettie and the Reverend's family meet the President of Liberia (named Tubman) and a large part... (full context)
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After finishing reading these letters from Nettie—and puzzling over the words in them she does not understand—Celie tells Shug that she again... (full context)
Letter 61
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Celie begins to feel proud that Nettie and her children are still alive—she "struts" around her home with the news. Celie wonders,... (full context)
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Celie opens another letter from Nettie; Celie and Shug have stolen all the trunk's letters, hiding them in their own room,... (full context)
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Nettie is surprised by the size of the Olinka—they are very tall and broad-shouldered—and by the... (full context)
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Nettie discusses the village's welcoming ceremony, in which the story of roofleaf, or the village's most... (full context)
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...life and of earth's abundance: therefore, he goes on, does it not resemble a God? Nettie finds this ceremony, and her entrance into the village, to be a thing of wonder. (full context)
Letter 62
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Celie reads another of Nettie's letters. Nettie has been working hard in the village, from early in the morning till... (full context)
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...only job will be to act as a good wife to a man one day. Nettie disputes this, and says she herself is not married. Catherine counters that, for this reason,... (full context)
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...great deal in school, even teaching some to Tashi when they are playing. Corrine tells Nettie, later, that, to avoid confusion, Nettie should make clear to the villagers that she is... (full context)
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Nettie then describes her small hut, and says that she wishes she had a picture of... (full context)
Letter 63
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Celie reads another of Nettie's letters. Nettie is visited by Tashi's father and mother, who argue that they know the... (full context)
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...will never be able to put into practice, as an Olinka woman. Tashi's father tells Nettie that they do not need to listen to the missionaries—there are only five of them,... (full context)
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Nettie comments in the letter that the way the men treat women in the village reminds... (full context)
Letter 64
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Nettie reveals, in her next letter, that she has lived with the Olinka for five years.... (full context)
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Nettie feels extremely close to Olivia and Adam, but wonders whether, at this point, they should... (full context)
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Nettie relates how Olinkan women are friends to one another, in a way she finds mostly... (full context)
Letter 65
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The previous letter (64) from Nettie was written during the Christmas holiday, and the current letter dates from Easter. Nettie has... (full context)
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...pay rent to the English for their own land, and a water tax as well. Nettie is concerned, and Corrine has fallen ill with "African fever," but the Olinkans in general... (full context)
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Nettie therefore waits for new developments. In the meantime, Olivia and Tashi continue going to school... (full context)
Letter 66
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When Nettie is tending to the ill Corrine one day, Corrine asks when exactly Nettie met Samuel.... (full context)
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Corrine forces Nettie to swear on a Bible that Nettie met Samuel the day she met Corrine. Corrine... (full context)
Letter 67
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It turns out that Samuel also assumed the children were Nettie's biologically—this is why he was so eager to have Nettie join the family on their... (full context)
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...three black men and burned down the store. The owner they killed was Celie's and Nettie's biological father. (full context)
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Upon learning of her husband's death, Celie's and Nettie's mother then began a long slide into mental illness. A new man began courting Celie's... (full context)
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...and pretended that the children Olivia and Adam were children he had by Celie's and Nettie's mother's, and not by Celie. Pa lied to Samuel, saying that the family was now... (full context)
Letter 69
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...she wants to see Pa, to ask about the information she has just learned from Nettie. Celie has only seen Pa once since leaving home, and only briefly and from far... (full context)
Letter 70
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Nettie, in another letter, tells how she and Samuel attempt to convince Corrine that Nettie is... (full context)
Letter 71
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Nettie tries again to convince Corrine, attempting to remind Corrine of the time she and Olivia... (full context)
Letter 72
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Nettie describes Corrine's burial, which took place in the Olinka way. Nettie also says that Olivia... (full context)
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Nettie ends the letter to Celie hoping that the Olinka can somehow preserve their land in... (full context)
Letter 73
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Celie tells Shug that she no longer writes to God—she writes to Nettie. This letter is addressed to Nettie. Celie says that God would never listen to a... (full context)
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...to her, created by white people. Celie thinks this make sense, in light of what Nettie once told her: that Jesus had hair "like lamb's wool." (full context)
Letter 74
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...she talks back to Mr. ____, and says he's a terrible scoundrel who has kept Nettie's letters from her. She says she's had enough of caring for his "rotten" children and... (full context)
Letter 79
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Celie remembers that Nettie once mentioned "African sickness" to her in a letter, and that this sickness, sickle-cell anemia,... (full context)
Letter 80
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Celie reads another of Nettie's letters. Nettie reports that she has married Samuel, and she begins to explain how this... (full context)
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...unbearable for the Olinkans—they even had to buy their own water from the British—that Samuel, Nettie, and the two children sailed back to England, to figure out what they could do... (full context)
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Nettie and Samuel meet a white woman on the boat back to England named Doris, who... (full context)
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Samuel begins telling Nettie, on the boat and back in London, where they are visiting, the story of how... (full context)
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...good. He recounts how the natives, even after those twenty years, look at him and Nettie with indifference, feeling that they, the African Americans, are not "real Africans." Samuel is reminded... (full context)
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Nettie and Samuel, after this discussion of Samuel's life, soon fall to confessing love for one... (full context)
Letter 81
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On their return to Africa, Nettie, Samuel, and the two children search for Tashi, who is hiding in the village. It... (full context)
Letter 83
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Celie writes again to Nettie, saying that Shug has run off with someone else—a very young man named Germaine. Celie... (full context)
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Celie tells Nettie how Shug described Germaine to her, and asked Celie to understand that her fling with... (full context)
Letter 85
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Celie writes to Nettie, saying that she has received a note from the Department of Defense that Nettie's ship,... (full context)
Letter 86
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Nettie writes to Celie, saying that Tashi and her mother have gone into the woods to... (full context)
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Nettie and Samuel worry what is to become of the Olinkans, but they try to find... (full context)
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Nettie ends the letter by saying that Adam has also disappeared, and she and Samuel believe... (full context)
Letter 87
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Celie writes to Nettie, still believing that Nettie is alive, despite hearing no news from her. (The previous letter... (full context)
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Mr. ____ tries to talk to Celie, apologizing for keeping Nettie's letters from her. But Celie feels that she does not hate Mr. ____ (whom she... (full context)
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...on the porch making pants together. Celie tells an African myth that she heard from Nettie (in a letter not included in the novel), in which white people are considered the... (full context)
Letter 88
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Nettie writes to Celie, saying that Adam and Tashi have returned from the mbeles, where they... (full context)
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Samuel and Nettie decide to go back to America, however, because the Olinkan village has shrunk drastically, and... (full context)
Letter 90
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...They do not know who it could be, and Celie cannot believe her eyes: it's Nettie, Samuel, Adam, Tashi, and Olivia. Celie and Nettie are so shocked, upon being reunited, that... (full context)