The brief and unsatisfying sexual encounter between Paul D and Sethe reminds them both of slavery

The brief and unsatisfying sexual encounter between Paul D and Sethe reminds them both of slavery

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The brief and unsatisfying sexual encounter between Paul D and Sethe reminds them both of  slavery. He recalls his slave-brother, Sixo, who walked 34 miles to and from meetings with his lover,  Patsy; Sethe recalls kitchen work for Mrs. Garner, who helped her with the tedious chores of bristle- sorting and ink-making. Aged 13 when she arrived at Sweet Home, Sethe took a year to select a  husband from among the five male slaves. Halle, the gentlest man, revealed his qualities through  devotion to Baby Suggs, his crippled mother, whom he worked to emancipate. Sethe naively  requested a marriage service to honor her union with Halle. Mrs. Garner laughed a little at the  suggestion of slaves needing the same type of marital conventions as whites. Nonetheless, Sethe,  dressed in a make-do wedding frock, enjoyed her brief honeymoon in Mr. Garner's cornfield. The 
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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