“Nobody warned them, and he’d always believed it wasn’t the exhaustion from a long day’s gorging that dulled them, but some other thing–like, well, like meanness–that let them stand aside, or not pay attention, or tell themselves somebody else was probably bearing the news already to the house on Bluestone Road where a pretty woman had been living for almost a month” (185)
This is not Morrison’s first indictment of the community that we have read ( see the Bluest Eye). Does this depiction suprise or conform to the depiction, limited as it might be, of the community thus far? How are your thoughts on the depiction and culpability of the community here? Does it alter your understanding of the causation in the novel? If so which events are clarified? Does it alter your understanding of Sethe’s relationship to and or responsibility for events like the Baby Sugg’s illness, Denver’s isolation, or the boys departure?