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When Paul D Denver and Sethe first come upon Beloved resting against a tree after emerging from the water the three cannot understand the past or present of the girl in front of them Rather than interpret her odd actions each of them looks to a physical aspect of Beloved to act as a key to her soul Even as Beloved comes home to stay within the first chapter of her appearance the family takes note of her personality through her vague actions and her own fascination in small objects Her background and her future is incomprehensible to them therefore small forays into her being must be gleaned by observation and slight questioning of her sickly movements Morrison by giving the reader inklings of Beloveds true person makes her all the more intriguing and mysterious through the strange connotations of the girls associated objects When Sethe Denver and Paul D first saw Beloved the only things they noticed were the objects surrounding her a black dress two unlaced shoes below it 51 As Paul D gives her water Beloved drinks from the tin cup four times and leaves droplets on her chinthe cup and the drops acting as the two most noticeable aspects of her person Sethe then notices her slender under-fed body and the good lace 51 at her throat She wears the hat of a rich woman and her skin was flawless except for three vertical scratches on her forehead 51 which are just the bare marks on the outside signifying nothing remarkable about her personality For Sethe the most noteworthy things about Beloved are her shoes and the lace at her throatit is really Denver who tries to delve deeper into the soul of this odd homeless woman When Sethe thinks to herself of Beloveds background she associates her with all the other blacks wandering looking for cousins and reminders of home in a maze of streets and highways and country lanes
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