by Toni Morrison
Sula Loyalty Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Year.Paragraph)
Mamma, did you ever love us? (1923.1)
When Hannah asks this of Eva, she shows us the difference between loyalty and love. Eva was loyal to her children – she kept them fed and clothed – but did she ever really love them? Hannah understands the difference.
Eva knew there was time for nothing in this world other than the time it took to get there and cover her daughter's body. (1923.41)
This is what Eva thinks just before she jumps out the window to try to save Hannah. It reflects a similar idea to that of her lost leg, but it's such an important scene that we couldn't leave it out. Sometimes, one person is so loyal to another that she'll even die for her.
The more he thought about marriage, the more attractive it became. Whatever his fortune, whatever the cut of his garment, there would always be that hem – the tuck and fold that hid his raveling edges; a someone sweet, industrious, and loyal to shore him up. And in return he would shelter her, love her, grow old with her. (1927.8)
This is a decidedly different image of marriage than we get in the rest of the novel. Jude wants a marriage based on shared loyalty that is as much his responsibility as it is Nel's.