The war of wills continues at 124 Bluestone Road. Beloved, whose belly expands while Sethe starves, becomes Sethe's sole focus after she spots the scar on "the kootchy-kootchy-coo place under her chin" — the scar left by the handsaw. Obsessed with Beloved, Sethe loses her job because Sawyer can no longer depend on her. As demented as Baby Suggs was at the end of her life, Sethe spends her remaining $38 on extravagances, including "ribbon and dress goods. . . . Bright clothes — with blue stripes and sassy prints." The family members eye each other warily. Denver fears for Beloved's life, Beloved demands constant attention and coddling, and Sethe searches for absolution for killing her baby girl. At length, Sethe unloads the hurt of the past, and Beloved accuses her of abandonment. Sethe counters with her hopes that the family can reunite "on
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