The return of the aged Here Boy signals the end of Beloved's tenure at 124. Some eyewitnesses declare that she "exploded right before their eyes." Paul D returns, first to the shed and then to the house, which Bodwin, at his sister's command, intends to sell. Stamp Paid's retelling of the story of Sethe's attack and Ella's quick-witted halting of a second murder pales beside local curiosity about the mysterious, big-bellied, naked black woman who disappeared from the porch. While walking to work, Paul D passes Denver as she leaves the Bodwins' house and heads toward the shirt factory to apply for a job. More confident, sophisticated, and mature than Paul D remembers her, Denver is unable to answer questions about Beloved's identity and sidesteps Paul D's surmise. Again inside the door of 124, he confronts a mix of "ribbons, bows, bouquets." Hearing Sethe
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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.