(the CHIEF and VILLAGERS begin a chant...it is picked up by NETTIE and then by CELIE and the KIDS) CHIEF VILLAGERS LINGA LINGA OBA OBA BATUWANGA ADA DOON DA YAY OBA OBA BATUWANGA ADA DOON DA TRW Perusal Not For Production
79 CHIEF & VILLAGERS NETTIE LINGA LINGA OBA OBA BATUWANGA (NETTIE begins translating) CHIEF NETTIE LINGA We are OBA happy at the center of the uni- LINGA -verse NETTIE & CELIE We are OBA happy at the center of the universe CHIEF & VILLAGERS OH DEE DEE OO DAY OO DAY OO DA DOO DAY DOO DA DAY WOMEN VILLAGERS MEN VILLAGERS OH YOO DO OON DA AY AY DAY OH YOO DOH DOO DAY AY AY OH YOO DOH OH YOU DOH DO DAY OH YOO DO OON DA DAY AY AY OH YOU DOH DO DAY AY AY NETTIE MY PEOPLE WOMEN & MEN OH DEE DEE OO DAY OO DAY OH DA DOO DAY DOO DA DAY OH YOO DOH DOO DAY WOMEN MEN OH YO DO OON DA DAY AY AY OH YOO DOH DOO DAY AY AY TRW Perusal Not For Production
80 WOMEN (CONT’D) MEN (CONT’D) OH YOU DOH OH YOO DOH DOO DAY EELEEYAH OO DAY AY AY OH YOU DOH DOO DAY (NETTIE walks through the VILLAGERS, who may be waving bright African cloth taken from large baskets) NETTIE IT WAS LIKE BLACK SEEING BLACK FOR THE FIRST TIME SHINY BLUE BLACK PEOPLE LOOKING REAL FINE IN BRILLIANT BLUE ROBES THAT FLY ON THE WINDS LIKE A BEAUTIFUL QUILT STITCHED TOGETHER BY FRIENDS MM CELIE YOU COULD PUT EVERYTHING I KNEW IN A THIMBLE WHAT WE’RE TAUGHT TO BE DON’T RESEMBLE THE KINGS AND QUEENS WHO FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS RULED MAGNIFICENT CITIES WASHED AWAY BY TEARS MISTER Celie! MEN & WOMEN VILLAGERS EY YAY AHN YA (drum beats are heard as CELIE hides the letters...she sits down and Africa disappears) MISTER Celie! (CELIE looks up, terrified...she has no idea where she is or how long she has been reading letters...MISTER enters) MISTER Celie! What you doin’? TRW Perusal Not For Production
81 MEN & WOMEN VILLAGERS EY YAY AHN YA CELIE Nuthin’. MEN & WOMEN VILLAGERS EY YAY AHN YA MISTER I ain’t never seen you just sit. CELIE (a moment) How it look? (SHUG enters) SHUG Good morning. MEN & WOMEN VILLAGERS EY YAY AHN YA CELIE Ya’ll want some breakfast? SHUG Wish I could but I got to go. (to MISTER) Take this on out to the car. MEN & WOMEN VILLAGERS EY YAY AHN YA (MISTER exits with suitcase) CELIE Soon as he get back from town, I’m gon’ kill him. SHUG No. Bible say don’t kill. MEN & WOMEN VILLAGERS EY YAY AHN YA TRW Perusal Not For Production
82 CELIE No. I think I feel better if I kill him. SHUG No you won’t. Nobody feel better for killing nothing. Think of me. Think of Nettie. MEN & WOMEN VILLAGERS EY YAY AHN YA CELIE Goodbye. (CELIE returns to reading her letters) CELIE My Nettie... NETTIE Dear Celie... #20 AFRICA (PART 2) (CHILDREN sing under as NETTIE continues) OLINKA CHILDREN HEY NYAH MAH KO WIEM BAY OH KO CHEE YAM WAY AH YO YAH YO EEE DWEE YUM DO WAY DAH SEE MA DOW YA YA OH BOE JAH MA MA AH YO YAH YO EE DWEE YUM DOO WAY WOAH NYAH MAKKO BAYEEE NETTIE I’ve been teaching the Olinka to read. But some of the women have become very suspicious of me because girls have never been taught to read here. Girls have never been taught anything at all. I don’t understand everything they’re saying, but what it sounds like to me is...