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The numbers 124 signify the sequence of numbers with 3 evidently missing. The symbolism behind this is that the third child, Beloved, is dead. Also, the digits 1+2+4 add up to 7 which is a number representative of perfection as it took God seven days to create the Earth.
Beloved starts at 124 Bluestone Ct. But 124 is not just a physical position; it is more. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Toni Morrison’s copywrite for Beloved is 1987. The difference is 124. 124 fixes Morrison and the readers’ address in time.
“124 WAS SPITEFUL.” We all are haunted by the terrible history of slavery.
Just made the connection myself.