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Beloved Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 1 Summary

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Chapter 1 Summary

The angry ghost of a baby haunts 124 Bluestone Rd. in Cincinnati, Ohio. At this house live Sethe and her daughter Denver. Sethe is an ex-slave from Kentucky. Sethe's sons—Howard and –Buglar—ran away from home to get away from the ghost.

Baby Suggs was Sethe's mother-in-law's name. She died shortly after the boys left Sethe. When Sethe buried her child, the man who chiseled the name on the tombstone told her that he would not charge if it took less than ten minutes. She told him to put Beloved on the tombstone. She now regrets not asking him to put Dearly Beloved on the tombstone.

Sethe once told Baby Suggs that they could move away from the ghost, but Baby Suggs did not think there was any point. She says that "some dead Negro's grief" filled every house in the country. (5). Baby Suggs says...

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