Jazz

by: Toni Morrison

Section 14

While Joe and Violet have told their stories and their stories have been told and retold for them by the narrator, the sudden shift of focus to Felice right before the end of the novel suggests that a whole other book could be written about her with digressions and secondary characters spinning off its main thread. When she approaches Violet's home for the first time, Felice carries a record and meat, bringing both music and sustenance to the sad and quiet household. Also, the ring that her mother stole in order to show up the snooty and racist man at Tiffany's, is symbolic of what racial hatred will drive a person to do, was buried on Dorcas's finger. Its burial symbolizes healing, and indeed such spiritual healing begins for Felice when she accepts that she has lost it.