Pages 1–19: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Sethe: the protagonist of the novel

Denver: Sethe’s almost 19-year-old, somewhat simple, daughter who lives with her in isolation at 124 Bluestone Road, the house that had originally been rented, unhaunted, to Baby Suggs

Paul D: a former slave who was at Sweet Home in Kentucky with Sethe 18 years earlier

Baby Suggs: bought out of slavery at the age of 60 by her son, Halle, who is Sethe’s husband; spent many years in her bed deciding whether or not to die

The Garners: husband and wife who own Sweet Home; they treat their slaves with a modicum of respect

schoolteacher: Mr. Garner’s educated brother-in-law who comes to Sweet Home at Mrs....

(The entire section is 679 words.)