I'm posting this largely to inform the MUN people about one of the things we went over today in humanities class while you were on your way to washington. In our six person class, we had various discussion threads, one of which centered around magical realism and the character, Beloved. We pointed out many examples, but some highlights include the birthing process (i. e. how she came from the water and such.) Her child-like depiction and hence her association and embodiment of Sethe's ghost child. In addition, we note that she displays some sort of supernatural hold over some characters like Paul D, whom she has sex with in order to displace his relationship with Sethe. There are other aspects of magical realism we mentioned as well, but I just pulled a few for all you MUN fanatics.