"Could he be gone if his tie is still here? He will remember it and come back and then she would…uh. Then she could…tell him. Sit down quietly and tell him.
“But Jude,” she would say, “you knew me. All those days and years, Jude, you knew me.
…You knew me and had listened to the things I said in the night, and heard me in the bathroom and laughed at my raggedy girdle
and I laughed too because I knew you too, Jude.
So how could you leave me when you knew me?"Sula, by Toni Morrison