Harpo’s wife Sofia is locked up for sassing the mayor’s wife, but they get her out to go work for the mayor’s household as a maid. She will no longer be able to see her children as much over the years.
Through Shug, Celie discovers that Albert has been hiding letters from her sister Nettie, who is now a missionary in Africa with Samuel and Corrine, the two people who are raising Celie’s children Adam and Olivia. Celie is overcome by anger at Albert for hiding the letters for so many years.
You all are really here!
Shug and Grady take Celie with them to Memphis, where Celie learns she’s a talented seamstress and begins to make pants.
Pa dies, and Celie inherits his house, land, and general store because it all actually belonged to her real father, and then to her mother. She moves back to fix up the house, and Shug falls in love with a 19-year-old flute player. She takes off with him. Celie and Albert become friends, as Albert seems to have changed his ways. Both love Shug and have been left by Shug.
Celie receives word that the boat carrying her sister and family was downed by a German mine, but she does not believe it. Shug returns and she, Albert, and Celie live a content life. One night a car drives up and Nettie, Samuel, Adam, Olivia, and Adam’s wife Tashi get out. At the family reunion a few days later, Celie feels younger than she has ever felt before, and finally happy.