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Beloved

Beloved

by Toni Morrison

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Quote #1

124 was spiteful. Full of a baby's venom. The women in the house knew it and so did the children. For years each put up with the spite in his own way, but by 1873 Sethe and her daughters Denver were its only victims. (1.1)

Right off the bat, we get our first clue that this house acts more like a character than a setting. Personification, comin' at ya.

Quote #2

Within two months, in the dead of winter, leaving their grandmother, Baby Suggs; Sethe, their mother; and their little sister, Denver, all by themselves in the gray and white house on Bluestone Road. It didn't have a number then, because Cincinnati didn't stretch that far. In fact, Ohio had been calling itself a state only seventy years when first one brother and then the next stuffed quilt packing into his hat, snatched up his shoes, and crept away from the lively spite the house felt for them. (1.1)

124 really doesn't take to men. Or maybe men just aren't strong enough to put up with the house. Why is 124 so female-oriented?

Quote #3

Not only did she have to live out her years in a house palsied by the baby's fury at having its throat cut, but those ten minutes she spent pressed up against dawn-colored stone studded with star chips, her knees wide open as the grave, were longer than life, more alive, more pulsating than the baby blood that soaked her fingers like oil. (1.16)

Sethe killed her baby on the 124 property. Aside from the whole haunting sitch, what other effect does that act have on the house?

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