Lady Jones is a mulatto woman with yellow hair; she despises her Caucasian features and married a dark-skinned black man. When Beloved died, the family lost the charity of the townspeople, the grace of a happy life together, and Baby Suggs's connection to the Holy Spirit.
Ella, once one of Sethe's harshest critics, is revealed only to the reader to have committed infanticide herself.
Beloved is growing fat while Sethe wastes away, and they are running out of food. Bodwin is most likely caused by a belief that he, a white man, is arriving to take away herself and her children.
Above all, she wanted no one to list her daughter's characteristics on the animal side of a sheet of paper.
It should not be passed on, partly because the story is a grotesque one and partly because it reeks of the past. At the end of the Civil War, as he tried to make his way North, he saw that blacks were still unsafe, massacred by angry whites throughout much of the South.
Beloved performs a similar function. All are gone now except Sethe and Denver. For the characters of the novel, forgetting Beloved is a necessity.
Beloved's hunger for her mother is insatiable and all-consuming. Denver confided that she believed that Beloved was more than the ghost of her dead sister, but she does not say more than that.