The book in general was difficult to read. I had to keep notes about certain characters and facts so I wouldn't forget. One note said "baby Suggs, is not a baby."
Beloved required a lot of in depth focus. One instance, was when Sethe went out to the clearing to talk to Baby Suggs, well her ghost. After Paul D goes on his rant about Halle, Sethe takes Denver and Beloved to the clearing to seek comfort. The way there she is reflecting on her time with Amy Denver, and her arrival at 124. She blames herself for Suggs depression, and wishes she hadnt caused problems. She calls for Baby Suggs and begins to feel her massaging her neck, the calming touch of her mother in law calmed her. However the clam touch quickly turned deadly when Sethe realizes she is being choked. Denver becomes very distraught and accuses Beloved of choking her mother. Beloved defends herself by saying it was the "circle of iron"
What exactly does she mean by "circle of iron?" The first thing that comes to mind is slavery.
I also wonder, where was Baby Suggs? Did she know who was choking her?
In my past blog I described why "124 was spiteful" but it wasn't always like that. When Baby Suggs lived there before her depression the house was alive with good spirits, now its haunted by all sorts of spirits