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Unformatted text preview: Veiled in what Anne Tyler calls the "gauzy mists of magic," Beloved opens with the house number 124, a repeated mantra that suggests many numerological possibilities. On one symbolic level, the numbers 1 + 2 + 4 add up to 7, the number of letters on Beloved's headstone. In Christian lore, the number 7 represents charity, grace, and the Holy Spirit, as well as completion and perfection. As we will see later in the novel, Beloved's death signified the end of all of these elements in both Sethe's life and the life of her family. When Beloved died, the family lost the charity of the townspeople, the grace of a happy life together, and Baby Suggs's connection to the Holy Spirit. The family became incomplete and imperfect. The number 124 emphasizes this incompleteness when examined sequentially. The number 3 is missing from the sequence, just as Sethe's third child is missing from sequentially....
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