Beloved Pages 148–165: Summary and Analysis

Toni Morrison

Pages 148–165: Summary and Analysis

New Character:
Aunt Phyllis: the midwife from Minnowville who Mr. Garner sent for each time Sethe gave birth

Summary
Schoolteacher, one of his nephews (the other having been kept home as punishment for stealing Sethe’s milk), and a slave catcher had arrived with the sheriff to capture Sethe and her children. Sethe recognized schoolteacher’s hat and had gathered her children in the shed where she beat the boys on the head with a shovel in an attempt to kill them, slit Beloved’s throat, and tried to bash Denver’s brains out against a wall. Stamp Paid caught Denver and saved her life. Baby Suggs saw that the boys were still breathing and tended to them. Sethe would not loosen her hold on...

(The entire section is 431 words.)