“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”
“Mister was allowed to be and stay what he was. But I wasn't allowed to be and stay what I was."
"Saying more might push them both to a place they couldn't get back from. And it would hurt her to know that there was no red heart bright as Mister's comb beating."
Sethe was pregnant when she ran away from Sweet Home. In an attempt to stop the slavers from taking back her children she tries to kill them. She only succeeds in killing the one in her hand before she is stopped. Beloved haunts Sethe after the dying death. This story is inspired by the real life story of Margaret Garner.