The original owners of Sweet Home, the Garners are relatively kind slave owners compared to Schoolteacher (and indeed most slave owners). They allow Halle to buy Baby Suggs’ freedom, for example, and boast of their male slaves as Sweet Home men. Nonetheless, they are still slave owners and treat their slaves as inferiors.
The timeline below shows where the character Mr. and Mrs. Garner appears in Beloved. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 3
...Sethe about Sweet Home. Sethe tells her about Schoolteacher, who came to the plantation after Mr. Garner died. Schoolteacher would ask the slaves questions and write in his notebook, preparing for a... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 6
...realizes that Beloved is asking about a pair of crystal earrings she once got from Mrs. Garner . Sethe tells Beloved about the earrings. Beloved derives a “profound satisfaction” from storytelling and... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 15
...that she and Halle had arrived at a better place, but were still slaves. The Garners ran “a special kind of slavery.” Upon becoming free, Baby Suggs immediately felt different, and... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 19
Sethe remembers talking to Halle about Schoolteacher, asking if he thought Schoolteacher was different from Mr. Garner . Halle said it didn’t matter: he was white and a slave-owner. After enduring some... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 24