Ah…you thought the book ended with that romantic ending to Sethe and Paul D, huh? But that would just be too easy, wouldn't it?
So we have another, final chapter, if you can consider it a chapter (it's only a page and a half). It's definitely not typical—what is in this novel?—since it has no real plot.
But it is clearly about Beloved (and all that/whom she represents).
Think of it as "Beloved: Where is she now?"And where exactly is she?
It's hard to say since she has become the stuff of a bad dream everyone has tried to forget. In fact, the way the narrator writes about her, she's almost more like a sad, generic ghost story. She's so forgotten that she doesn't even have a name.
Plus, the narrator keeps telling us that this is not a story to pass on.
However, there is the sense that she's still around. Maybe it's in a rustle or a brush along a cheek or a moved picture frame. At the back of 124, in the woods, near the stream, there are also footprints that appear to fit everyone's feet and that disappear once a person leaves.
But eventually, not just the footprints, but even the water, too—even that disappears from people's minds.
The only thing left is the weather, as in the change of seasons.