Page 58. " Well, I love clabber. "

Clabber Milk
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 Clabber is made by controlling the humidity and temperature at which unpasteurized milk turns sour. The milk starts to thicken into a yoghurt-like substance. In rural southern states it was often eaten for breakfast with seasoning and sugar.

Page 69. " First Shug sing a song by somebody name Bessie Smith "

Known as the 'Empress of the Blues', Bessie Smith (1894-1937) was one of the most popular African-American blues and jazz singers of the 1920s and 1930s, and arguably one of the greatest female singers of her time. She died from injuries sustained in a car crash. Today, her work is revered. The song referred to in the novel, 'A Good Man is Hard to Find', can be listened to here.

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Page 74. " Why Miss Celie, she say, you still a virgin. "

Shug declares Celie still a virgin when she realises that Celie has never had an orgasm. Celie learns, with Shug's help, to embrace her own sexuality.