Song of Solomon

by: Toni Morrison

Chapter 5

1

You know, I was twenty years old when your father stopped sleeping in the bed with me. That’s hard, Macon. Very hard. By the time I was thirty . . . I think I was just afraid I’d die that way.

2

Hagar was energized by the details of her mission. She stalked him . . . She could not get his love (and the possibility that he did not think of her at all was intolerable), so she settled for his fear.

3

“You are trying to kill him.” Ruth’s voice was matter-of-fact. “If you so much as bend a hair on his head, so help me Jesus, I will tear your throat out.”