Accusations and counter-accusations continue. Denver fears that Beloved may stab Sethe in retaliation for leaving her. Sethe and Denver grow faint with hunger and weary from emotional conflict. Denver, encouraged by her grandmother's example and wisdom, goes to her former teacher, Lady Jones, for help. Rejecting charity, Denver insists on working. Through Lady Jones, Denver taps into the generosity of the neighborhood women, who supply food regularly to the starving trio.
Denver's home life deteriorates further as Beloved continues to fatten and falls into despair, screaming "Rain! Rain!" and clawing her throat. Sethe recedes further from sanity as Beloved avenges her murder. Meanwhile, Denver serves her mother and sister as cook, laundress, and nurse. At Nelson Lord's suggestion, Denver seeks work in the Bodwin household.
Denver confesses to Janey Wagon, the Bodwins’ servant, the truth about what’s happening at 124—her mother's madness, the visiting "cousin," and her own need for a job. Janey deduces that the cousin is a ghost and spreads this news to the community. At 3 p.m. on the Friday when... [continues]
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