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MonkeyNotes-Sula by Toni Morrison
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Twenty-four years later, in 1965, The Bottom is vastly different. Nel no longer knows many people; the community has changed so much that neighbors hardly speak to one another. A member of an organization that visits old people in rest homes, Nel one day finds Eva, whom she has not seen in thirty years. Eva is a little out of her mind, and only sometimes seems to know who Nel is. In a moment of lucidity, she asks Nel how and why she killed that little boy many years ago. Nel is shocked at the question and claims that Sula was responsible for the death. First, Eva says that there is no difference between Sula and Nel; then she suggests to Nel that watching is the same as doing. Nel says she only "saw" what happened. She leaves, very upset.

Walking back home quickly, Nel sees the cemetery and stops to look at all the graves of the Peace family, including the one belonging to Sula. She remembers how everyone, including herself, treated Sula so badly after her return to The Bottom. Maybe Sula had been right; perhaps Eva was mean, and the townspeople were small-minded. Maybe she herself is not as good as she judges herself to be. Nel thinks about the death of Chicken Little and remembers that it felt good to watch him drown. She realizes now that her heart was evil, even though she looked innocent. She then thinks about poor Sula, who had been so frightened about the death. Although Sula had been the one to throw the boy into the water, Chicken Little's death was totally unintentional. Sula should not have felt so guilty, and Nel should have told her so.


Nel now realizes that she has had everything wrong in life, for she has thought that she was the good one and Sula was the bad one. When she leaves the cemetery feeling upset, she passes Shadrack on the road walking in the other direction. He looks at her, vaguely recalling her face, but he can barely keep his mind on the little details of his day. They both move on silently, thinking about distant things. As she walks, Nel feels her eyes brimming with tears. She hears the leaves stir about her and smells the rich earth. She calls out to her friend, "Sula." Grief then overwhelms Nel; she cries out a long, loud wail, realizing that Sula was her best friend whom she has treated badly. There is a deep ache in her heart as she thinks of the loss and the missed opportunities.

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