Stamp Paid, upon learning that Paul D left 124 Bluestone Road on the day that he saw the newspaper clipping, scolds himself for violating Sethe's family's privacy. He thinks over the sequence of events that Baby Suggs's family endured after the "Misery" of Beloved's murder and after the death of Baby Suggs shortly before the end of the Civil War. He recalls that after Baby Suggs's death, neighbors distanced themselves from Sethe, who avoided Beloved's funeral service and stood stonily at the graveside. For six days after Paul D leaves, Stamp Paid tries to knock on Sethe's door but cannot find the courage to do so. On the other side of the door at 124, Sethe tries to rid herself of anger. She decides to take Denver and Beloved ice skating, but before they go, her thoughts return to jail, the loss of her earrings, and small parcels of food that Baby Suggs handed her through the bars. Sethe remembers that during
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