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An unnamed woman who dies after the first chapter. She goes crazy when Celie's father is lynched. She soon marries Fonso and is always pregnant and sick.
Sofia's husband, Albert's son, and, for a time, Mary Agnes's lover. Harpo is forced into playing the role of the dominating husband by his father. Later, when he is reunited with Sofia, he takes care of the house and enjoys a more egalitarian relationship with her.
Fonso's very young second wife whom he marries after Celie's mother dies.
Fonso's last wife. He marries her after May Ellen deserts him.
Daisy and Fonso's cook.
An infant child of Celie's mother.
Celie and Nettie's schoolteacher.
Celie's daughter, who is sold by Fonso to the minister in town and taken to Africa, where she is raised by Nettie. Celie never sees until years later.
Celie's son who is also taken from her and raised in Africa. He marries Tashi.
The wife of Samuel, a Christian minister and missionary. She becomes the adoptive mother of Celie's babies, Olivia and Adam, after her husband buys the children from Fonso.
A Christian minister and missionary who spends much of his time in Africa. He is Corrine's husband and the adoptive father of Olivia and Adam. He marries Nettie after Corrine dies.
An Olinkan African, who is Olivia's friend. She eventually marries Adam. Nettie says she reminds her of Celie. She goes through the female initiation rites of her culture, including genital mutilation and scarification of the face.
Tashi's mother, who at first goes along with the Olinkan prohibition on girls' education. Later she becomes friends with Nettie and gives permission for her daughter to be educated.
Kate and Carrie
Albert's two sisters. They come to see Albert and Celie when they are first married.
A young man who drinks excessively, does not work regularly, and is often in jail.
A musician. He helps his friend Harpo build his juke joint.
Harpo's lover during his separation from Sofia. Harpo calls her Squeak and treats her badly. Unlike Sofia, she submits to his rule until she decides to go on the road with Shug Avery as a blues singer. She is raped trying to save Sofia from death in jail.
Albert's father. He is a mean old man who shames his son into abusing and using his wives. He denigrates his son's lover, Shug, and forbids Albert to marry her.
Albert's brother, who complains that his wife does not work hard enough and who looks at Shug Avery licentiously.
Sofia's sister whom Sofia lives with after Harpo tries to dominate her. She helps raise Sofia's children all the years Sofia is in jail. With the help of Shug and Squeak, she finally gets Sofia out of jail.
Sofia's youngest daughter, whose father is not Harpo, but who is nevertheless Harpo's favorite. She has a blood disease and eats yams prepared in all kinds of ways to combat it.
One of Squeak and Harpo's daughters.
Broadnax (known as Buster)
A big, tall man whom Sofia briefly dates and who respects her integrity as an equal.
The warden at the prison and Squeak's uncle, who rapes her when she tries to get Sofia out of jail.
Shug's husband. He lives off Shug and then Mary Agnes and who smokes excessive amounts of marijuana.
An arrogant, power-hungry white man. He puts Sofia in jail for talking rudely to his wife and for knocking him down.
The mayor's wife. She is a very nervous white woman who forces Sofia to work as her personal attendant for years after her release from prison. She keeps Sofia from her family.
Miz Millie's son who hates Sofia and grows up to be a troublemaker and a racist.
Miz Millie's daughter, who loves Sofia like a mother and will not stay away from her even after she is freed from service to her mother. After a confrontation, Eleanor Jane begins to work for Sofia, taking care of her daughter, Henrietta.
Eleanor Jane's husband
Eleanor Jane's child, whom she wants Sofia to love. Sofia says Reynolds will grow up to become her oppressor.
Samuel's aunt, a missionary.
Corrine's aunt, a missionary.
A man who visits Theodesia and tells her that her award as a missionary is a mark of the exploitation and de-humanization of colonialism.
Doris Baines (pen
name Jared Hunt)
A writer who poses as a missionary in Africa to escape compulsory marriage in England. Nettie and Samuel speak with her and her adopted African grandson, Harold, on their way back to England from Africa.
Shug's nineteen-year-old lover who eventually goes to Wilberforce; afterwards they become friends.
One of Shug's sons who lives in Arizona and works as a teacher on a Native American reservation.
Davis and Cantrell
James and Cora Mae's children.
Jerene and Darlene
Two women who sew for Celie's company. Darlene tries unsuccessfully to convince Celie of the inferiority of her dialect.
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