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by Toni Morrison

Sula Suffering Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Year.Paragraph)

Quote #7

Mother and daughter were placed on stretchers and carried to the ambulance. (1923.43)

Hannah and Eva are suffering from extreme physical pain after the fire, but it is the pain that Eva suffers at not being able to save her daughter that is the most profound. She has to lie next to her daughter while she dies, suffering the loss of yet another child.

Quote #8

Nel's indifference to his hints about marriage disappeared altogether when she discovered his pain. (1927.9)

This is all about Jude's suffering from his inability to secure the work and life he wants so badly. Because he is black, Jude keeps getting denied work on the bridge.

Quote #9

Pain took hold. First a fluttering as of doves in her stomach, then a kind of burning, followed by a spread of thin wires to other parts of her body. (1940.91)

Sula's suffering is both physical and mental here. She's dying a literal death, but she's also suffering since she knows her relationship with Nel died, too.

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