The Color Purple: Top Ten Quotes

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  1. Mr. __’s father: “[Shug has the] nasty woman disease”
  2. Celie: “beat her,” when asked by Harpo what to do with his unsubmissive wife
  3. Celie: “For the first time in my life, I feel just right,” showing her love for Shug
  4. Celie: “he just do his business, get off, go to sleep,” when talking about her sex life with Mr. __
  5. Nettie: “The world is changing.  It is no longer a world just for boys and men,” when telling Tashi’s father why women’s education is so important
  6. Nettie: “Pa is not our Pa,” when joyously telling Celie that her children are not the product of incest
  7. Celie: “You a low down dog is what’s wrong.  It’s time to leave you and enter into the creation.  And your dead body just the welcome mat I need,” telling off Mr. __ for the first time
  8. Nettie: “Not being tied to what God looks like, frees us,” acknowledging that she too believes in this universal kind of God
  9. He come home with a girl from round Gray. She be my age but they married. He be on her all the time. She walk round like she don’t know what hit her. I think she thought she love him. But he got so many of us. All needing something
  10. My heart broke. Shug love somebody else.

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