The stabilizing influence of Baby Suggs seems far removed from the jarring news of Halle

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The stabilizing influence of Baby Suggs seems far removed from the jarring news of Halle's bizarre  splash in the butter churn. No longer anchored by the living presence of her loving mother-in-law,  Sethe recalls Baby Suggs's admonition to abandon the past. In the clearing where Baby Suggs once  preached, men, women, and children danced, sang, and celebrated the crippled old woman's  healing love. Herself defeated by a weak heart, a month after Sethe arrived in Cincinnati, Baby  Suggs took to her bed, caressed bright colors, and, blaming "those white things," willed herself to  die. Sethe's mental journey returns her to the Kentucky riverside where Denver was born and where  Stamp Paid fed Sethe fried eel and river water from a jar. Because fever gripped her body and 
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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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