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Mr. Garner brings Paul D and two of his half-brothers, Paul A and Paul F, to Sweet Home to live and work. Paul D spends most of his childhood at Sweet Home, where he grows up with his two half-brothers as well as Halle and Sixo.
He's happy there. Mr. Garner says his slaves are "men" and treats them that way. When Sethe comes to Sweet Home, Paul D falls in love with her, but she chooses to marry Halle.
When schoolteacher arrives and proves to be an all-around horror, Paul D plots to escape with the others. However, schoolteacher catches Paul D and kills Paul A and Sixo.
Before schoolteacher sells Paul D, Paul D sees Halle with butter all over his face.
Then Paul D is sent away to a new owner, Brandywine, whom he tries to kill.
Because of the whole Brandywine incident, Paul D ends up on a chain gang all day, and he's tied up in a cell that seems like a coffin at night.
Left to die, Paul D and the other chain gang men decide to break free together.
They run to a Native American camp, which has been decimated by small pox.
Paul D stays at the camp until spring, when a man advises him to follow the blooming blossoms North. Which Paul D does—for years.
Along the way, he gets into a relationship with an older woman in Delaware.
Eventually, he manages to make it to 124 Bluestone Rd. and to Sethe. They have sex, and he moves in.
Things are going great until Beloved shows up.
All of the sudden, Paul D feels that Beloved is trying to move him out of the house. Soon he's sleeping in the coal shed.
That's when Beloved comes in while he's sleeping. She gets him to have sex with her.
Stamp Paid shows Paul D an article about Sethe killing her daughter, which leads Paul D to confront Sethe.
By the end of the fight, Paul D moves out.
Paul D sleeps in church for a while until Stamp Paid finds him.
Paul D runs into Denver on the street; she tells him about Sethe's condition since Beloved's disappearance. He returns to Sethe, promises to take care of her, and asks to build a future with her again.