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by Toni Morrison

Sula Compassion and Forgiveness Quotes

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Quote #7

Embarrassed, irritable and a little ashamed, Nel rose to go. "Goodbye, Sula. I don't reckon I'll be back." (1940.79)

This is Nel's final opportunity to forgive Sula while she's still alive, and it doesn't happen. She has no intention of seeing Sula again, and while she may wonder about her and maybe even feel sorry for her, she won't forgive her.

Quote #8

Who was it that had promised her a sleep of water always? (1940.92)

Sula is comforted by remembering her encounter with Shadrack after Chicken's accident. His compassion for her is profound enough to soothe her in the painful throes of death.

Quote #9

The death of Sula Peace was the best news folks up in the Bottom had had since the promise of work at the tunnel. (1941.1)

There is an utter lack of compassion for Sula from the residents of the Bottom. They feel relieved and hopeful now that she's gone, and their response to her death is callous. Although she may have caused a lot of pain and created a lot of trouble, Sula is still a person. But the Bottom sees her as something to get out of the way.

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