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But Nettie, who is about fifteen, while not being victimized by her father, is being courted by an older  widower, a man with three children. Moreover, Celie says that the man resembles Fonso, and she  tells God that his first wife was murdered on her way home from church — "kilt by her boyfriend."  Again, we unexpectedly encounter extraordinary violence. Yet Celie seems to accept this violence as  a natural, ever-present, if unpleasant, part of life. We read these short letters almost in disbelief  because of the matter-of-fact way that Celie describes what is jarringly tragic — to us. Of course, Celie doesn't encourage the relationship between Nettie and the widower; she urges  Nettie to use her energies on studying. She doesn't want Nettie to end up dead like their mother,  from too much hard work and too many pregnancies. The bond between Celie and Nettie is a bond of unusually deep love. Yet, except for the love that 
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at University of Houston.

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