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Alice Jackson (Greenwood) Character Analysis

Though born a free black woman, Alice becomes a slave of the Weylin estate after the arrest of her first husband, Isaac Jackson. Rufus retains an obsessive love for Alice since childhood and forces Alice to become his mistress. Alice later bears two children with Rufus, Joseph and Hagar – and Hagar turns out to be Dana’s great-grandmother. When Dana travels back in time, she and Alice build a sister-like relationship. They often fight, but ultimately share a deep bond. Alice consistently attempts to reach her freedom, showing the fiery viewpoint of slaves who were willing to escape slavery at any cost, and she tragically commits suicide when Rufus sells her children as punishment for a failed runaway attempt.

Alice Jackson (Greenwood) Quotes in Kindred

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Chapter 2: The Fire Quotes

Alice Greenwood. How would she marry this boy? Or would it be marriage? And why hadn't someone in my family mentioned that Rufus Weylin was white? If they knew. Probably, they didn't. Hagar Weylin Blake had died in 1880, long before the time of any member of my family that I had known. No doubt most information about her life had died with her.

Page Number: 28
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I had seen people beaten on television and in the movies. I had seen the too-red blood substitute streaked across their backs and heard their well-rehearsed screams. But I hadn't lain nearby and smelled their sweat or heard them pleading and praying, shamed before their families and themselves. I was probably less prepared for the reality than the child crying not far from me. In fact, she and I were reacting very much alike.

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Alice Jackson (Greenwood)
Related Symbols: The Whip
Page Number: 36
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Chapter 4: The Fight Quotes

I said nothing. I was beginning to realize that he loved the woman—to her misfortune. There was no shame in raping a black woman, but there could be shame in loving one.
"I didn't want to just drag her off into the bushes," said Rufus. "I never wanted it to be like that. But she kept saying no. I could have had her in the bushes years ago if that was all I wanted."
"I know," I said.
"If I lived in your time, I would have married her. Or tried to."

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Rufus Weylin (speaker), Kevin Franklin, Alice Jackson (Greenwood)
Page Number: 124
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Chapter 5: The Storm Quotes

“I know what he means. He likes me in bed, and you out of bed, and you and I look alike if you can believe what people say.”
“We look alike if we can believe our own eyes!”
“I guess so. Anyway, all that means we're two halves of the same woman—at least in his crazy head.”

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Alice Jackson (Greenwood) (speaker), Rufus Weylin
Page Number: 228
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Her names were only symbolic, but I had more than symbols to remind me that freedom was possible—probable—and for me, very near.
Or was it?
Slowly, I began to calm down. The danger to my family was past, yes. Hagar had been born. But the danger to me personally ... the danger to me personally still walked and talked and sometimes sat with Alice in her cabin in the evening as she nursed Hagar.

Page Number: 234
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Sarah had cornered me once and said, "What you let her talk to you like that for? She can't get away with it with nobody else."
I didn't know. Guilt, maybe. In spite of everything, my life was easier than hers. Maybe I tried to make up for that by taking her abuse…
"If you go on talking to me the way you do, I won't care what he does to you."
She looked at me for a long time without saying anything. Finally, she smiled. "You'll care. And you'll help me. Else, you'd have to see yourself for the white nigger you are, and you couldn't stand that."

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Alice Jackson (Greenwood) (speaker), Sarah (speaker), Rufus Weylin
Page Number: 235
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Alice Jackson (Greenwood) Character Timeline in Kindred

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Chapter 2: The Fire
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...Dana clarifies the spelling of Weylin and asks if there is a slave girl named Alice that lives nearby. Rufus confirms this, but tells Dana that Alice and her mother are... (full context)
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...new information makes. Rufus interrupts her thoughts, commenting that Dana would look a little like Alice’s mother if Dana wore proper clothing instead of men’s pants. (full context)
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...for someone as mean as Rufus’ father, so Rufus suggests that she go stay with Alice and Alice’s mother – surprising Dana with a kind-hearted wish to see Dana again before... (full context)
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...father and getting him in trouble. Dana then follows Rufus’s directions into the woods towards Alice’s house. (full context)
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...the bushes, Dana sees eight white men ride by and head in the direction of Alice Greenwood’s house. Dana tentatively follows them from a safe distance and comes across a small... (full context)
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...belongs to Tom Weylin, and if that is the reason that Rufus is friends with Alice – the young black girl at the house. Dana creeps over to the young girl... (full context)
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Dana starts to help Alice’s unconscious mother, assuring Alice that her mother is not dead. Alice runs to get water... (full context)
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Gradually, Alice’s mother wakes up and calls for Alice. The woman panics as she realizes that Dana,... (full context)
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...the best way to go North, though conditions there are still restricted for black people. Alice’s mother asks who sent Dana here, and Dana tells her that Rufus gave her directions.... (full context)
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Alice’s mother asks Dana where she is from, noticing that Dana speaks with a strange accent.... (full context)
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Dana, Alice’s mother, and Alice begin to head to bed when Alice’s mother realizes she has left... (full context)
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Dana runs back to the cabin, only to find Alice’s mother blocking the door. The young white man catches up to Dana and drags her... (full context)
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...the Weylin plantation in Maryland. As Dana describes the family connection between her, Rufus, and Alice, Kevin questions whether Dana hallucinated all of this based on information she already knew about... (full context)
Chapter 3: The Fall
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Dana asks what happened to Alice. Rufus, surprised at the question, says nothing happened, and he has to be reminded that... (full context)
Chapter 4: The Fight
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...husband, Isaac, not to kill Rufus. As the woman speaks, Dana realizes that she is Alice, now grown up. Alice recognizes Dana and explains that she married Isaac Jackson after her... (full context)
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...the injuries, deeming them fairly minimal. She waits for Rufus to wake up, hoping that Alice and Isaac will have a good head start in fleeing. Finally, Rufus comes to. He... (full context)
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Rufus seems to feel guilty for what he has done to Alice, confirming that he did rape her but also getting angry that Alice would dare to... (full context)
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...agrees to go for help on the condition that Rufus does not betray Isaac and Alice. She reminds Rufus that they both have to rely on one another or else risk... (full context)
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...broom.” Dana knows that Nigel and Carrie’s marriage still isn’t legal, and silently wishes that Alice and Isaac had been allowed to marry legally. (full context)
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7. After five days, Isaac and Alice are caught. Two days later, Rufus and Nigel take the wagon into town – ostensibly... (full context)
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...1960s would abhor. Dana looks down on Sarah until she sees Rufus come back with Alice. (full context)
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Rufus and Nigel return late that night, with Alice barely alive in the back of the wagon. Rufus calls Dana down to tend to... (full context)
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8. Dana does what she can to help Alice, realizing that most of the wounds are dog bites and whip lashes. Rufus is angry... (full context)
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Sarah comes in to the attic and asks about Alice. Sarah then tells Dana that the patrollers cut off Isaac’s ears. Dana is livid that... (full context)
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...Nigel was on errands in town and only saw Rufus again once Rufus had bought Alice at the jail. Nigel doesn’t know how long a letter would take to reach Boston,... (full context)
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...where people might overhear, but has no answer for her. Dana goes to check on Alice and decides to trust that Rufus sent the letter. Dana dresses the wounds and prays... (full context)
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10. After three weeks, Alice heals more and asks to sleep with Dana in the attic. Alice goes with Dana... (full context)
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Cooking makes Alice think of her mother cooking for her husband, and Alice asks about Dana’s husband. Dana... (full context)
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...has been abusing Tess at night. As the leftovers come back, Dana tries to get Alice to eat, but Alice won’t. Alice is horrified that she has been in Rufus’s bed... (full context)
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...small present. Meanwhile, Tom is angry that Rufus has spent all his money on buying Alice, and tells Rufus that he should have been happy with Dana. Dana corners Rufus in... (full context)
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The next day, Rufus asks Dana to talk Alice into sleeping with him willingly. Dana refuses to help Rufus rape her again. Rufus gets... (full context)
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Dana remains neutral through Rufus’s insults, until Rufus threatens to have Jake beat Alice until Alice agrees to love him. Dana yells that Rufus doesn’t love Alice. Rufus yells... (full context)
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The previous night in the attic, Alice had told Dana to write another letter to Kevin, but then viciously insulted Dana for... (full context)
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Alice watches the children crawl around for a minute, then asks Dana what she should do.... (full context)
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12. Alice doesn’t kill Rufus in his sleep, but she seems to die a little after sharing... (full context)
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...she could plan to run on her own despite the dangers of the road. Finally, Alice brings Dana the letters she had written to Kevin with their seals broken. Rufus clearly... (full context)
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...is finally over, Rufus carefully unties Dana and takes her into Carrie and Nigel’s cabin. Alice later tells Dana how Rufus insisted that all of Dana’s wounds be cleaned carefully. When... (full context)
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14. Liza “fell” and hurt herself after Dana was caught, she learns, though Alice, Tess, and Carrie are also hiding scratches. Alice tells Dana that Liza was the one... (full context)
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Dana may resent Rufus, but she can’t help but care for a him as well. Alice bears more straightforward hate for Rufus, but Dana knows that this hate won’t prevent Rufus... (full context)
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...Jake’s whip, Dana goes out to do the washing despite the pain in her back. Alice comes out and tells Dana to go back inside. Alice will do the washing, knowing... (full context)
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Dana tells Kevin they should leave now while they have a chance, and then notices Alice looking on with a heartbreaking look on her face. Alice regains her tough composure and... (full context)
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The sounds of Alice doing laundry turn into the sound of hoof beats as Rufus rides up in front... (full context)
Chapter 5: The Storm
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Alice comes in a couple times, a bitter shell of the girl that Dana knew. Nigel... (full context)
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...Dana goes back to sleep in the attic. Yet she is woken that night by Alice telling her that Tom is having pains in his chest and needs healing. Dana guesses... (full context)
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...to catch up with life on the Weylin estate. Nigel now has three sons, and Alice clearly loves her son Joe even though Joe is nearly white. Rufus still can’t help... (full context)
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Alice pulls Dana into her cabin one day and scolds Dana for being so agreeable to... (full context)
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...duties and caring for Margaret. One night, Rufus returns from a dinner drunk and finds Alice and Dana eating together in Dana’s cabin. He comments that the two of them really... (full context)
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11. Alice is pregnant again and Dana hopes that this child will be Hagar. She begins to... (full context)
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As Alice advances in her pregnancy, Rufus gets surlier. Dana is grateful that Alice creates another job... (full context)
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In a private conversation with Alice, Dana learns that Alice would rather try to run again with Joe than continue to... (full context)
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12. Alice’s baby is a girl, with far darker skin than Joe. Rufus is sweet to Alice... (full context)
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Dana tries to leverage her help against Alice treating her with more kindness, but Alice knows that Dana will help her out of... (full context)
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13. Dana manages to convince Alice to wait until early summer to run, and convinces herself not to do anything dangerous... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Rope
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...the plantation. Once they reach the barn door, Rufus opens the barn and points inside. Alice has hung herself, wearing her best clothes and with her hair neatly brushed. (full context)
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Dana struggles to cut Alice down, then holds Alice’s body and cries. Rufus steps into the barn, confirming that Alice... (full context)
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4. Alice’s funeral is the next day, with the full Weylin plantation in attendance. Some of the... (full context)
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...but asks Dana not to leave this time and to stay to take care of Alice’s children. Dana reminds Rufus that she has to get home to Kevin. Dana knows that,... (full context)
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Rufus talks about the first time Alice came to his room. Rufus was afraid that Alice would somehow kill him in his... (full context)
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Now in the attic, Rufus sighs that Alice hated him for so long, but had finally accepted him right before she ran away.... (full context)