THE COLOUR PURPLE

ALICE WALKER

First published more than 20 years ago.

To the Soul: Without whose assistance

Nor this book

Nor I

Would have been Crafted.

Show me the right way to do like you

Show me how to do it.

Stevie Wonder

You had better not under no circumstances tell no one but God. It'd kill your mammy. Dear God,

I i am fourteen years old. I-aa I have always been a good girl. You can give me a sign permitting me know very well what is happening to my opinion.

Last planting season after tiny Lucious arrive I noticed them fussing. He was tugging on her arm. She state It too soon, Fonso, My spouse and i ain't well.

Finally he leave her only. A week pass by, he yanking on her adjustable rate mortgage again. She say Naw, I ain't gonna. Aren't you see Now i am already fifty percent dead, a great of these kids. She traveled to visit her sister doctor over Macon. Left me to view after the other folks. He under no circumstances had a kine word to state to. me personally. Just say You likely to do what your mammy didn't. First this individual put his thing up gainst my own hip and sort of shake it about. Then this individual grab keep my hooters. Then this individual push his thing inside my cunt. When that hurt, I cry. He start to choke me, expressing You better close up and git utilized to it. Yet I no longer never git used to that. And now My spouse and i feels sick and tired every time We be one to cook. My mama she talk at me personally an check out me. The girl happy, cause he good to her now. But as well sick to last long. My own mama lifeless. She perish screaming and cussing. The girl scream by me. The lady cuss at me. Now i'm big. I can't approach fast enough. By period I git back in the well, the be nice. By period I git the dish ready the food be cool. By time I git all the children ready for college it end up being dinner time. This individual don't say nothing. This individual set presently there by the bed holding her hand a great cryin, discussing bout don't leave me personally, don't proceed. She ast me spell the first one In whose it is? My answer is God's. I actually don't know no other gentleman or what else to state. When I commence to hurt and after that my tummy start going and then that little baby come out my pussy gnawing on it closed fist you could have hit me using a feather. Don't nobody come find us.

She got sicker an sicker.

Finally your woman ast Where it is?

I say God got it.

This individual took it. He required it while I was sleeping. Kilt it out there inside the woods. Get rid of this one as well, if they can. He become he can*t stand me no more. Declare I'm wicked an constantly up to no good. He had taken my other little baby, a boy this time around. But We don't think he kilt it. I think he sold this to a man an his wife over Monticello. I managed to get breasts filled with milk operating down me.

He state Why don't you look decent? Placed on something. But what I'm sposed to put on? I actually don't have absolutely nothing.

I continue to keep hoping he fine somebody to get married to. I see him looking at my little sister. She worried. But My answer is I'll take care of you. With God help.

He get back home with a girl from circular Gray. The lady be my own age but they married. This individual be on her all the

time. She walk round like she can't say for sure what hit her. I do think she believed she take pleasure in him. Yet he got so many of us. All needing somethin.

My little sister Nettie is definitely got a boyfriend inside the same shape almost because Pa. His wife died. She was kilt by her sweetheart coming home via church. He got only three children though. He seen Nettie in cathedral and now just about every Sunday night time here come Mr.???.

I tell Nettie to keep for her books. It become more then a idea taking care of children ain't actually yourn. And look what affect Ma.

This individual beat me personally today trigger he state I winked at a boy in chapel. I may currently have somethin during my eye nevertheless I don't wink. We don't possibly look at guys. That's the truth. I check out women, tho, cause I am just not scared of them. Maybe cause my own mama cuss me you believe I stored mad for her. Although I ain't. I believed sorry to get mama. Aiming to believe bis story kilt her.

Sometimes he still be looking at Nettie, but I always git in the light. Now I tell her to marry Mr.??,? I may tell her for what reason.

I say Marry him, Nettie, an make an effort to have one great year the life. Next, I know your woman be big. But me personally, never again. A girl in church say you git big if you bleed monthly. I avoid bleed you can forget. Mr.??? finally come...