EN 2010 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1-289: Saurer, Big I, Pallbearer

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Making the narrator do what her mother will not- sex (1)
Had 2 babies- he killed the first one and sold the second one (2-3)
“I don’t even look at mens. That’s the truth. I look at women, tho, cause I’m not
scared of them” (5)
“I can let you have Celie. She the oldest anyway. She ought to marry first. She
ain’t fresh tho, but I spect you know that. She spoiled. Twice” (7)
“She ugly. Don’t even look like she kin to Nettie. But she’ll make the better wife.
She ain’t smart either, and I’ll just be fair, you have to watch her or she’ll give
away everything you own. But she can work like a man” (8)
“I know I’m not as pretty or as smart as Nettie, but she say I ain’t dumb” (9)
Following around little girl because she thinks it is her daughter- maternal
instincts (13)
Talking about Mr. _____’s children:
“Don’t let them run over you, Nettie say. You got to let them know who got the
upper hand.”
“They got it, I say” (16)
“I don’t know how to fight. All I know how to do is stay alive” (17)
Nettie: “I sure hate to leave you with these rotten children, she say. Not to
mention with Mr. ____. It’s like seeing you buried, she say” (17)
“It’s worse than that, I think. If I was buried, I wouldn’t have to work” (17)
“long as I can spell G-o-d I got somebody along” (17)
Nellie was never able to write because of her death (18)
“When a woman marry she spose to keep a decent house and a clean family” (19)
“Women work. I’m a man” (21) when Harpo was asked to help Celie
Harpo trusts Celie with info about his love (22) and has a nightmare about his
mother’s death and goes to Celie for support – maternal instincts (28), but Celie
states, “Everybody say how good I is to Mr. _____ children. I be good to them.
But I don’t feel nothing for them. Patting Harpo back not even like patting a dog.
It more like patting another piece of wood” (29)
Celie: “If she so smart how come she big?” (29)… Harpo: “But if she big I got a
right to be with her, good enough or no” (29) - pregnant
She says that Harpo is the father, and Mr.____ says: “Young womens no good
these days, he say Got they legs open to every Tom, Dick and Harry” (30)
Sofia speaks back to Mr. ____ and makes it seem as though she does not need to
marry Harpo in order to be happy (31)
Harpo admits to never hitting Sofia and Mr. ____ says: “Well how you spect her
to make her mind? Wives is like children. You have to let ‘em know who got the
upper hand. Nothing can do that better than a good sound beating” (34)
Celie gives Harpo advice to beat Sofia, because she is disrespectful to men- the
next time they see Harpo, he is beat up but blames the mule, not Sofia (35)
Detailed fight between Harpo and Sofia (36)
Sofia found out that Celie told Harpo to beat her, and Celie says: “I say it cause
I’m a fool, I say. I say it cause I’m jealous of you. I say it cause you do what I
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“What that? she say.”
“Fight. I say.” (38)
Celie’s role model Shug Avery finally meets her and says “You sure is ugly” (44)
“They have made three babies together but he squeamish bout giving her a bath.
Maybe he figure he start thinking bout things he shouldn’t. But what about me?
First time I got the full sight of Shug Avery long black body with it black plum
nipples, look like her mouth, I thought I had turned into a man” (47)
Celie managed to make Shug Avery eat (50)
Mr. ____’s dad tries to rationalize why his son is going crazy for Shug and says:
“she ain’t even clean. I hear she got the nasty woman disease” (54)
Sofia tells Celie how she prefers to work outside while Harpo cooks and cleans-
she says that he may have always wanted this but his father wouldn’t let him (59)
Harpo is upset because he is not in control of Sofia. Celie says: “Some womens
can’t be beat” (63)
Celie explains to Harpo that her and Mr. ____ do not love eachother; instead, Mr.
______ loves Shug, who is even more rude than Sofia (63)
Sofia about Harpo: “He don’t want a wife, he want a dog” (64)
Sofia: “Once he git on top of me I think bout how that’s where he always want to
be” (65)
Celie: “Only time I feel something stirring down there is when I think bout Shug”
Celie tells Shug that Mr. ____ beats her when she is not around, and when Shug
asks why, Celie says, “For being me and not you” (73)
Shug: “I won’t leave, she say, until I know Albert won’t even think about beating
you” (74)
Shug asks Celie if she can sleep with Albert; she says no because she does not
enjoy sex anyway (75-77)
“But when I hear them together all I can do is pull the quilt over my head and
finger my little button and titties and cry” (77)
Sofia: “Life don’t stop just cause you leave home” (79)
Harpo’s new girlfriend is submissive like Celie, but fights when she sees Sofia
and Harpo dancing- gets knocked out (79-80)
Sofia is disrespectful to the Mayor’s wife, and when the Mayor slaps her, she
beats him up – gets sent to jail (83)
“When I see Sofia I don’t know why she still alive. They crack her skull, they
crack her ribs. They tear her nose loose on one side. They blind her in one eye.
She swole from head to foot. Her tongue the size of my arm, it stick out tween her
teef like a piece of rubber. She can’t talk. And she just about the color of a
eggplant” (84)
The only way to survive in jail: “Every time they ast me to do something, Miss
Celie, I act like I’m you. I jump right up and do just what they say” (85)
Squeak finds her voice and begins to sing after getting Sofia out of prison (93)
Shug and Celie get intimate after Celie talks about her father raping her (109)
Shug and Albert had a relationship, but then he married Annie Julia because he is
weak and his parents and brother disapproved of Shug, mainly because she had
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