Kindred

Dana (Edana) Franklin Character Analysis

The protagonist and narrator of the novel, Dana is a black woman from 1979 California who gets pulled back in time to Antebellum Maryland to save the life of her white ancestor, Rufus Weylin. Dana is a strong, resourceful, intelligent woman, as well as a writer like her white husband Kevin. Dana learns how to adapt to the oppression of the Antebellum (pre-Civil War) era, but always retains her sense of self and autonomy despite Rufus’s attempts to force her to become a true slave. Dana struggles between the relationships she has built with fellow slaves on the Weylin plantation, such as Sarah and Nigel, her sisterhood with the enslaved Alice, and her blood tie to Rufus as she tries to survive in the past with as little damage as possible to herself and others. As Butler deals with issues of freedom and privilege, she displays in the bonds between Dana and Rufus the delicate balance between master and slave and in Dana and Kevin the eventual possibilities of truly beneficial interracial relationship. Dana loses her left arm after her final trip to the past, bearing a physical reminder of the burden that many descendants of slaves bear from this family history.

Dana (Edana) Franklin Quotes in Kindred

The Kindred quotes below are all either spoken by Dana (Edana) Franklin or refer to Dana (Edana) Franklin. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Prologue Quotes

I lost an arm on my last trip home. My left arm.
And I lost about a year of my life and much of the comfort and security I had not valued until it was gone. When the police released Kevin, he came to the hospital and stayed with me so that I would know I hadn't lost him too.

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Kevin Franklin
Related Symbols: Dana’s Lost Left Arm
Page Number: 9
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Chapter 1: The River Quotes

"I'm beginning to feel as though I'm humoring myself."
"What do you mean?"
"I don't know. As real as the whole episode was, as real as I know it was, it's beginning to recede from me somehow. It's becoming like something I saw on television or read about—like something I got second hand."

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Kevin Franklin
Page Number: 17
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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.

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Rufus Weylin, Alice Jackson (Greenwood), Hagar Weylin
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 3: The Fall Quotes

I was working out of a casual labor agency—we regulars called it a slave market. Actually, it was just the opposite of slavery. The people who ran it couldn't have cared less whether or not you showed up to do the work they offered.

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker)
Page Number: 52
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He had written and published three novels, he told me, and outside members of his family, he'd never met anyone who'd read one of them. They'd brought so little money that he'd gone on taking mindless jobs like this one at the warehouse, and he'd gone on writing—unreasonably, against the advice of saner people. He was like me—a kindred spirit crazy enough to keep on trying.

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Kevin Franklin
Page Number: 57
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“Why you try to talk like white folks?” Nigel asked me. “I don't,” I said, surprised. “I mean, this is really the way I talk.” “More like white folks than some white folks.”

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Nigel
Page Number: 74
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The expression in her eyes had gone from sadness—she seemed almost ready to cry—to anger. Quiet, almost frightening anger. Her husband dead, three children sold, the fourth defective, and her having to thank God for the defect. She had reason for more than anger. How amazing that Weylin had sold her children and still kept her to cook his meals. How amazing that he was still alive.

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Sarah, Tom Weylin, Carrie
Page Number: 76
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A place like this would endanger him in a way I didn't want to talk to him about. If he was stranded here for years, some part of this place would rub off on him. No large part, I knew. But if he survived here, it would be because he managed to tolerate the life here.

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Kevin Franklin
Page Number: 77
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"This could be a great time to live in," Kevin said once. "I keep thinking what an experience it would be to stay in it—go West and watch the building of the country, see how much of the Old West mythology is true."
"West," I said bitterly. "That's where they're doing it to the Indians instead of the blacks!"
He looked at me strangely. He had been doing that a lot lately.

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Kevin Franklin (speaker)
Page Number: 97
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Chapter 4: The Fight Quotes

“She doesn't care much for white people, but she prefers light-skinned blacks. Figure that out. Anyway, she ‘forgives’ me for you. But my uncle doesn't. He's sort of taken this personally.”
“Personally, how?”
“He ... well, he's my mother's oldest brother, and he was like a father to me even before my mother died because my father died when I was a baby. Now ... it's as though I've rejected him. Or at least that's the way he feels. It bothered me, really. He was more hurt than mad.”

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Kevin Franklin (speaker)
Page Number: 111
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Then, somehow, I got caught up in one of Kevin's World War II books—a book of excerpts from the recollections of concentration camp survivors. Stories of beatings, starvation, filth, disease, torture, every possible degradation. As though the Germans had been trying to do in only a few years what the Americans had worked at for nearly two hundred.

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Kevin Franklin (speaker)
Page Number: 116-117
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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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His father wasn't the monster he could have been with the power he held over his slaves. He wasn't a monster at all. Just an ordinary man who sometimes did the monstrous things his society said were legal and proper. But I had seen no particular fairness in him. He did as he pleased. If you told him he wasn't being fair, he would whip you for talking back.

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Rufus Weylin, Tom Weylin
Related Symbols: The Whip
Page Number: 134
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She had done the safe thing—had accepted a life of slavery because she was afraid. She was the kind of woman who might have been called "mammy" in some other household. She was the kind of woman who would be held in contempt during the militant nineteen sixties. The house-nigger, the handkerchief-head, the female Uncle Tom—the frightened powerless woman who had already lost all she could stand to lose, and who knew as little about the freedom of the North as she knew about the hereafter.

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Sarah
Page Number: 145
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Nothing in my education or knowledge of the future had helped me to escape. Yet in a few years an illiterate runaway named Harriet Tubman would make nineteen trips into this country and lead three hundred fugitives to freedom. What had I done wrong? Why was I still slave to a man who had repaid me for saving his life by nearly killing me? Why had I taken yet another beating. And why ... why was I so frightened now—frightened sick at the thought that sooner or later, I would have to run again?

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker)
Page Number: 177
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"Daddy's the only man I know," he said softly, "who cares as much about giving his word to a black as to a white."
"Does that bother you?"
"No! It's one of the few things about him I can respect."
"It's one of the few things about him you should copy."

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Rufus Weylin (speaker), Tom Weylin
Page Number: 181
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Chapter 5: The Storm Quotes

"Christ," he muttered. "If I'm not home yet, maybe I don't have a home."… I could recall walking along the narrow dirt road that ran past the Weylin house and seeing the house, shadowy in twilight, boxy and familiar… I could recall feeling relief at seeing the house, feeling that I had come home. And having to stop and correct myself, remind myself that I was in an alien, dangerous place. I could recall being surprised that I would come to think of such a place as home.

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Kevin Franklin (speaker)
Page Number: 190
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I felt as though I were losing my place here in my own time. Rufus's time was a sharper, stronger reality. The work was harder, the smells and tastes were stronger, the danger was greater, the pain was worse ... Rufus's time demanded things of me that had never been demanded before, and it could easily kill me if I did not meet its demands. That was a stark, powerful reality that the gentle conveniences and luxuries of this house, of now, could not touch.

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Rufus Weylin
Page Number: 191
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South African whites had always struck me as people who would have been happier living in the nineteenth century, or the eighteenth. In fact, they were living in the past as far as their race relations went. They lived in ease and comfort supported by huge numbers of blacks whom they kept in poverty and held in contempt. Tom Weylin would have felt right at home.

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Tom Weylin
Page Number: 196
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Carrie clasped her hands around her neck again. Then she drew closer to me and clasped them around my neck. Finally, she went over to the crib that her youngest child had recently outgrown and there, symbolically, clasped her hands again, leaving enough of an open circle for a small neck…. Margaret Weylin could not run the plantation. Both the land and the people would be sold. And if Tom Weylin was any example, the people would be sold without regard for family ties.

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Rufus Weylin, Tom Weylin, Margaret Weylin, Carrie
Page Number: 223
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“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.

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Rufus Weylin, Alice Jackson (Greenwood), Hagar Weylin, Joseph (Joe) Weylin
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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He gave me a long searching look. "You want to be with that white man, girl?"
"If I were anywhere else, no black child on the place would be learning anything."

"Some folks say ..."
"Hold on." I was suddenly angry. "I don't want to hear what 'some folks' say. 'Some folks' let Fowler drive them into the fields every day and work them like mules."
"Let him...?"
"Let him! They do it to keep the skin on their backs and breath in their bodies. Well, they're not the only ones who have to do things they don't like to stay alive and whole. Now you tell me why that should be so hard for 'some folks' to understand?"

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Sam Jones (speaker), Rufus Weylin
Page Number: 237
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Chapter 6: The Rope Quotes

"I'm not property, Kevin. I'm not a horse or a sack of wheat. If I have to seem to be property, if I have to accept limits on my freedom for Rufus's sake, then he also has to accept limits - on his behavior toward me. He has to leave me enough control of my own life to make living look better to me than killing and dying."
"If your black ancestors had felt that way, you wouldn't be here," said Kevin.
"I told you when all this started that I didn't have their endurance. I still don't. Some of them will go on struggling to survive, no matter what. I'm not like that."

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Kevin Franklin (speaker), Rufus Weylin
Page Number: 246
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I ate a little, then went away to the library where I could be alone, where I would write. Sometimes I wrote things because I couldn't say them, couldn't sort out my feelings about them, couldn't keep them bottled up inside me. It was a kind of writing I always destroyed afterward. It was for no one else. Not even Kevin.

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Kevin Franklin
Page Number: 252
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A slave was a slave. Anything could be done to her. And Rufus was Rufus—erratic, alternately generous and vicious. I could accept him as my ancestor, my younger brother, my friend, but not as my master, and not as my lover. He had understood that once.

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Rufus Weylin
Page Number: 260
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Epilogue Quotes

"I wonder whether the children were allowed to stay together—maybe stay with Sarah."
"You've looked," he said. "And you've found no records. You'll probably never know."
I touched the scar Tom Weylin's boot had left on my face, touched my empty left sleeve. "I know," I repeated. "Why did I even want to come here. You'd think I would have had enough of the past."
"You probably needed to come for the same reason I did." He shrugged. "To try to understand. To touch solid evidence that those people existed.”

Related Characters: Dana (Edana) Franklin (speaker), Kevin Franklin (speaker), Tom Weylin
Related Symbols: Dana’s Lost Left Arm
Page Number: 264
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Prologue
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The narrator (Dana) describes how she lost her left arm “coming home,” and says that she wants to... (full context)
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...in a hole in the wall and crushed, even though neither Kevin nor the narrator, Dana, understand how that is possible. (full context)
Chapter 1: The River
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Dana explains that the trouble began for her on June 9th, 1976, her twenty-sixth birthday, when... (full context)
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The world blurs out of focus and Dana finds herself in the middle of a forest near a river. Dana realizes that a... (full context)
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The woman screeches that the child is not breathing, so Dana takes the child back and begins to perform artificial respiration. The woman beats Dana’s back... (full context)
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As Dana watches Rufus and his mother recover from the near-drowning, a man’s voice sounds behind Dana’s... (full context)
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Dana calls Kevin’s name, and he spins around in fear, asking how Dana had managed to... (full context)
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Kevin listens calmly as Dana explains what happened. When she finishes, Kevin tells Dana that she was only gone a... (full context)
Chapter 2: The Fire
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1. Dana tries to leave the unsettling experience behind her, showering off the river mud, but she... (full context)
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2. Dana sits on a bed and watches a small red-haired boy, who looks like an older... (full context)
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Now that Dana has saved a child again, she prepares herself to be sent home, but the dizziness... (full context)
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Unsurprised that the boy doesn’t know what is happening any more than she does, Dana asks the boy his name. She is shocked to hear him say “Rufus,” as this... (full context)
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Dana steadies herself and asks Rufus where he thinks she went when she disappeared at the... (full context)
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Dana reminds Rufus that she has come to help him twice now, and that he shouldn’t... (full context)
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Dana is appalled to hear Rufus say the word “nigger” so casually, and tentatively asks Rufus... (full context)
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Dana switches topics, asking Rufus if he saw her again like he saw her in the... (full context)
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Rufus tells Dana that his father beat him for stealing a dollar, so Rufus decided to burn down... (full context)
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Dana asks Rufus if they are close to Baltimore now. Rufus tells her that they are... (full context)
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Dana calms herself as Rufus explains that they’re on the Weylin plantation, which belongs to his... (full context)
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Dana considers that Rufus may be a blood relative of hers, one of the many ancestors... (full context)
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Dana changes the subject by asking how many slaves the Weylin family owns. Rufus tells her... (full context)
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Dana continues to hope that she will be sent home again, wondering why it is taking... (full context)
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As Dana worries about what she will do if she is stuck in the past, Rufus suggests... (full context)
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Dana and Rufus creep out of the Weylin house and into the yard. Dana finds the... (full context)
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3. Dana walks quietly past the small slave quarter cabins on the Weylin plantation, and reaches the... (full context)
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From the bushes, Dana sees eight white men ride by and head in the direction of Alice Greenwood’s house.... (full context)
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Dana overhears the white men say that the black man snuck away without a pass. The... (full context)
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...blows in silence, but begins to scream when he can no longer take the pain. Dana is overwhelmed by the smell of the man’s blood and sweat, and the sounds of... (full context)
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Desperate to think of anything but the whipping happening in front of her, Dana thinks of the name for the white men who keep “order” among the slaves by... (full context)
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Dana wonders if the black man belongs to Tom Weylin, and if that is the reason... (full context)
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Dana starts to help Alice’s unconscious mother, assuring Alice that her mother is not dead. Alice... (full context)
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...Alice’s mother wakes up and calls for Alice. The woman panics as she realizes that Dana, a stranger, is holding her head, but Dana reassures her that she is a friend... (full context)
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Dana helps the woman into the house and hopes that the Greenwoods can tell her the... (full context)
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Alice’s mother asks Dana where she is from, noticing that Dana speaks with a strange accent. Dana tells her... (full context)
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Dana, Alice’s mother, and Alice begin to head to bed when Alice’s mother realizes she has... (full context)
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Dana runs back to the cabin, only to find Alice’s mother blocking the door. The young... (full context)
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5. When Dana wakes, she is terrified that the patroller is still there before realizing that she is... (full context)
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Kevin pushes for more details about Dana’s trip. She manages to tell him that she was there for hours and attacked by... (full context)
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6. Dana wakes again, seeing that Kevin has cleaned the blood off of her and tied a... (full context)
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Kevin assures Dana that he believes her and begins to think of ways to protect Dana on her... (full context)
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Dana is still concerned by all the horrible things she has read about in the experiences... (full context)
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Kevin reminds Dana to tie the emergency bag back to her wrist, then wonders aloud how Dana might... (full context)
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Kevin is excited to understand how the time travel works, but Dana is upset that death is such an integral part of the process. Kevin tries to... (full context)
Chapter 3: The Fall
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1. When Dana first met Kevin, she was working for a casual labor agency – which the regulars... (full context)
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Kevin tries to talk to Dana, though Dana doesn’t want to get in trouble for slacking off on the job. Another... (full context)
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Buz teases Dana for meeting up with Kevin to talk about writing, but Dana looks forward to having... (full context)
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Dana tells Kevin that her aunt and uncle want her to take sensible classes and write... (full context)
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Kevin and Dana eat lunch together the next week and talk about their novels, their families, and their... (full context)
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2. Back in the present, Dana is too worried to go to the library with Kevin so she stays home while... (full context)
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Dana looks around for Rufus, finally noticing him lying on the ground clutching his leg while... (full context)
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As they wait for Nigel to return, Dana asks Rufus if Nigel will get in trouble for leaving Rufus behind. Rufus responds that... (full context)
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Rufus is confused that Kevin and Dana can marry, as blacks and whites are not allowed to marry in his time. Dana... (full context)
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...with a wagon, Nigel, and an older black man. Tom is suspicious of Kevin and Dana, but lets Kevin explain that he and Dana simply came across Rufus and Nigel after... (full context)
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...a quiet conversation with Kevin, then turns to go without offering hospitality to Kevin and Dana. Rufus pleads with his father and earns Kevin and Dana a begrudging invitation, as Tom... (full context)
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Dana and Kevin ride in the back of the wagon, watching slaves in the fields as... (full context)
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Nigel comes out and stands next to Luke, allowing Dana to see that Nigel is probably Luke’s son. Their familial resemblance is much stronger than... (full context)
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...become hysterical about Rufus. Tom catches the woman, Margaret, before she can lash out at Dana, and explains that Dana “belongs” to Kevin Franklin, the man who found Rufus when he... (full context)
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Alone in the room with Rufus, Margaret glares at Dana and says that she has seen Dana before. Rufus interrupts with a soft “mama,” and... (full context)
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Dana sees a young girl in the hallway and asks for directions to the cookhouse, but... (full context)
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The girl leads Dana to the cookhouse, a small white cottage outside the Weylin house. Luke and Nigel are... (full context)
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Sarah dishes Dana some sad-looking corn meal mush while Dana wistfully smells the stew Sarah is making for... (full context)
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4. Dana finishes her corn meal mush but stays in the cookhouse because she is worried about... (full context)
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All the way in the cookhouse, Dana can hear Rufus scream as the doctor sets his broken leg. Carrie runs into the... (full context)
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After a couple hours, Kevin calls to Dana from the yard. Dana forces herself not to show how eager she is to get... (full context)
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Dana warns Kevin to come quick if he ever hears her calling, fearing that Kevin would... (full context)
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Dana asks after Rufus, and Kevin assures her that the doctor thinks Rufus will be all... (full context)
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Kevin and Dana get their story straight, deciding that Kevin is a writer from New York who taught... (full context)
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5. Sarah takes Dana into the cookhouse and begins teaching her to cook, while Margaret follows Dana around in... (full context)
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Kevin wants to test his theory that Dana goes home when she is scared for her life, but Dana asks him to wait... (full context)
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Later that day, Dana is making biscuits with Sarah when Carrie comes in and signs that a white person... (full context)
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Rufus then asks Dana to read to him, if she really knows how, and produces a copy of Robinson... (full context)
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Dana convinces Rufus not to give up on reading, playing to his pride and promising that... (full context)
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Dana asks what happened to Alice. Rufus, surprised at the question, says nothing happened, and he... (full context)
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As Dana leaves Rufus’s room, she meets Tom on the stairs. Tom is angry at overhearing Dana... (full context)
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6. Dana is as careful as possible, especially after witnessing Tom whip a field hand for talking... (full context)
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As Dana sweeps the library one day, Margaret corners her and slaps her across the face for... (full context)
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Dana goes about her work that day wondering if Tom will punish her for sleeping with... (full context)
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Sarah warns Dana not to cross Margaret anymore, suggesting that Dana should make Kevin let her sleep in... (full context)
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Tom catches Dana in the library reading one day, and tells her not to go in the library... (full context)
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On a miserably hot day, Kevin and Dana walk to the woods to have a private moment together. On the way, they see... (full context)
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...the plantation is better than he expected, though he doesn’t know about the whipping that Dana witnessed. Dana is angry, responding that the Weylins don’t have to beat their slaves to... (full context)
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8. Dana goes to read to Rufus again, though Tom doesn’t like the thought of a black... (full context)
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Later, Dana goes to the cookhouse to give Nigel a reading lesson. She finds Nigel and Carrie... (full context)
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Dana warns Nigel to be more careful than ever about letting someone find out about their... (full context)
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Once in the yard, Tom begins to whip Dana. The leather sears through her light shirt, feeling like hot iron. Dana screams and twists,... (full context)
Chapter 4: The Fight
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Dana is surprised by the thought of marriage, asking Kevin if his family would be opposed... (full context)
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...marries a black woman. He blames this racism on influence from his sister’s prejudiced husband. Dana’s aunt is in favor of the match because Kevin’s skin will make Dana’s children lighter,... (full context)
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2. Dana wakes up on the floor of her bathroom in 1976 with her back on fire... (full context)
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When Dana wakes again, she searches for an old prescription for sleeping pills, but then catches sight... (full context)
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The next time Dana wakes, it is morning. Dana’s back feels like a burn injury, and she wonders how... (full context)
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Dana sits down in her office and tries to write, but is unable to put down... (full context)
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Days pass, and Dana stays in the present. She tries to busy herself with books about slavery, but is... (full context)
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The black woman catches sight of Dana and calls out, as the black man lands one more blow on Rufus and knocks... (full context)
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...black woman also counsels her 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... (full context)
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4. Dana rolls Rufus onto his back and assesses the injuries, deeming them fairly minimal. She waits... (full context)
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...but also getting angry that Alice would dare to prefer a black man over him. Dana reminds Rufus that Alice is a free woman with the right to say no, but... (full context)
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...get up, but is in too much pain from his broken ribs to manage it. Dana agrees to go for help on the condition that Rufus does not betray Isaac and... (full context)
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Dana heads off through the forest as night begins to fall, marking the trail back to... (full context)
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Dana approaches the house, mentally preparing herself to see Tom Weylin, but is stopped by an... (full context)
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Dana warns Tom that Rufus probably has broken ribs, but Tom is unconcerned and tells Dana... (full context)
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The group finds Rufus with little difficulty. Nigel lifts Rufus carefully into the wagon and Dana feels his forehead, noticing he has a fever. Once back at the house, Nigel carries... (full context)
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6. Up in Rufus’s room, Dana bandages Rufus as best she can, but his fever and coughing get worse. Sarah comes... (full context)
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Nigel comes up to tell Dana to call Sarah if she needs anything, and Dana welcomes his friendly presence. Nigel tells... (full context)
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The next morning, Dana and Rufus eat breakfast together. Rufus comments that Tom wouldn’t like seeing a slave eat... (full context)
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...York, and Boston. In the most recent letter, Kevin says he is heading for Maine. Dana hopes Kevin hasn’t left for Maine yet so she can send him a letter and... (full context)
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In the cookhouse, Dana angrily kneads dough for Sarah and catches up on the news of Margaret. After a... (full context)
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...habit of doing what he wanted and “acting white” caught up with him. Rufus warns Dana not to end up the same way. Dana shudders to think of trying to escape... (full context)
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Dana sits down at Rufus’s desk to write a letter to Kevin using her ball-point pen.... (full context)
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Dana decides it probably is safer to burn the book. She tears out the map of... (full context)
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...Two days later, Rufus and Nigel take the wagon into town – ostensibly to mail Dana’s letter, but really so that Rufus can buy Alice. Unaware, Dana goes to help a... (full context)
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Dana wants to give Sarah hope of freedom, telling her about books written by slaves who... (full context)
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...late that night, with Alice barely alive in the back of the wagon. Rufus calls Dana down to tend to Alice’s wounds. They take Alice to the attic where Dana does... (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 Rufus’s crime of raping... (full context)
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Dana goes up to the library to see Rufus and asks him how long it takes... (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 down to the cookhouse, where they find out... (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 says her husband is up North. Alice is happy that Dana has married... (full context)
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Somehow, Dana manages to get the full supper finished and finds two young boys to bring the... (full context)
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...his money on buying Alice, and tells Rufus that he should have been happy with Dana. Dana corners Rufus in the hall and demands to write another letter to Kevin. Tom... (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... (full context)
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Dana remains neutral through Rufus’s insults, until Rufus threatens to have Jake beat Alice until Alice... (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 loving a white... (full context)
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Alice watches the children crawl around for a minute, then asks Dana what she should do. Dana tries to tell Alice that its her body and her... (full context)
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...Rufus in his sleep, but she seems to die a little after sharing his bed. Dana sends another letter to Kevin, but a month passes without a reply. Rufus is far... (full context)
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Dana wishes she still had her map, so she could plan to run on her own... (full context)
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Dana walks in the darkness, hiding from anyone she sees. She hits a dog with a... (full context)
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13. Dana wakes tied up on Rufus’ horse and missing two teeth in her jaw. She moans,... (full context)
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As the horse nears the Weylin house, Rufus tells Dana that she’ll have to be whipped again. Dana nearly slides off the horse in her... (full context)
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When the whipping is finally over, Rufus carefully unties Dana and takes her into Carrie and Nigel’s cabin. Alice later tells Dana how Rufus insisted... (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... (full context)
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15. When Dana is well enough to get up, Rufus brings Dana a letter from Kevin. Tom wrote... (full context)
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Dana may resent Rufus, but she can’t help but care for a him as well. Alice... (full context)
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Rufus tries to tell Dana that she should have waited instead of running away, but Dana reminds him that it... (full context)
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The next day, Dana is sent back to work. She is supposed to help Sarah and Carrie, but Jake... (full context)
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As Dana heads back into the cookhouse, a white bearded man rides up to the main house.... (full context)
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Dana tells Kevin they should leave now while they have a chance, and then notices Alice... (full context)
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Dana realizes that she has underestimated how mean Rufus can be, but even now she is... (full context)
Chapter 5: The Storm
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1. Dana comes to on the living room floor with Kevin crouched over her, and is overwhelmed... (full context)
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Dana wakes up and hears Kevin in the kitchen, noticing that he now has a slight... (full context)
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Dana joins Kevin in the living room, where he is fiddling with the knobs on the... (full context)
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...of the rumored Denmark Vesey rebellion. He doesn’t want to talk about it more, but Dana has to clarify that Kevin really was helping slaves. Kevin angrily responds that he was... (full context)
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Kevin putters around his office, then angrily slams his fist on his typewriter. Dana recalls how she couldn’t write, and assures Kevin that he’ll be able to write again... (full context)
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Dana bathes and repacks her emergency bag with Excedrin and an old pocket knife to replace... (full context)
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Kevin comes into the kitchen and asks how long Dana has been gone this time. He brings a newspaper from his office with today’s date,... (full context)
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2. Dana finds herself in a rain storm with the Weylin house in the distance. She can’t... (full context)
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In the library, Tom comments that Dana still looks young, though it has been six years since he last saw her. Dana... (full context)
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...and Nigel says that Rufus has the ague, and that the doctor won’t be necessary. Dana tells Nigel to go dry off while she stays with Rufus, guilty that she has... (full context)
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Dana looks down at Rufus, thinking that he has fallen asleep, and wondering aloud why Rufus... (full context)
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4. Nigel puts up the mosquito netting, telling Dana that Tom really is more afraid of her than he is of anyone. Dana has... (full context)
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Dana comes back in the room to find Nigel asleep on the floor and Rufus thrashing... (full context)
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Alice comes in a couple times, a bitter shell of the girl that Dana knew. Nigel tells Dana that the years of being with Rufus have caused the other... (full context)
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After eight days, Rufus finally feels well and Dana goes back to sleep in the attic. Yet she is woken that night by Alice... (full context)
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5. Dana goes back to work with Sarah and Carrie, as Rufus completely ignores her. She is... (full context)
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Evan Fowler marches Dana to the cornfield, though Dana has never done field work before. Fowler has no sympathy... (full context)
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Dana pushes herself to cut through the corn row as Fowler watches. The other slaves warn... (full context)
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6. Dana wakes to see a white face and hopes for a moment that it is Kevin,... (full context)
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Rufus’s face takes on an old expression of Tom’s, and Rufus screams at Dana never to leave him again. Dana stands still, then walks to Rufus’s desk and sits... (full context)
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Rufus then asks Dana to use her healing knowledge to help his mother, Margaret, who is finally coming home.... (full context)
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...older and far nicer to the slaves now that she has the laudanum. She asks Dana to read the Bible to her and trusts only Dana with all her household concerns.... (full context)
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Alice pulls Dana into her cabin one day and scolds Dana for being so agreeable to Margaret and... (full context)
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Dana hears Margaret thumping her cane to call her into the house, so she turns to... (full context)
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8. Dana tries to head back upstairs, running into Carrie in the hall. Carrie brings Dana out... (full context)
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9. Dana avoids Rufus for three days after the sale, until Rufus comes to find Dana in... (full context)
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Rufus needs to answer letters from creditors and traders, a task he hopes that Dana will do for him. Dana hates the thought of writing for Rufus, but softens when... (full context)
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10. Dana reads a few of Rufus’s letters to pick up the nineteenth century style, and then... (full context)
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11. Alice is pregnant again and Dana hopes that this child will be Hagar. She begins to keep a journal in secretarial... (full context)
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After the party people begin to couple off, and Dana misses Kevin. Rufus comes over and asks if Dana has found anyone to “jump the... (full context)
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As Alice advances in her pregnancy, Rufus gets surlier. Dana is grateful that Alice creates another job for her that keeps her out of Rufus’s... (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 live... (full context)
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...of Alice naming her children Joseph and Hagar – Biblical slaves who achieve their freedom. Dana nearly cries with relief now that her ancestor Hagar has been born. With the danger... (full context)
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Dana tries to leverage her help against Alice treating her with more kindness, but Alice knows... (full context)
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13. Dana manages to convince Alice to wait until early summer to run, and convinces herself not... (full context)
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One day, the field hand that noticed Dana at the corn husking party stops Dana at the cookhouse and introduces himself as Sam... (full context)
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Though Dana was careful, Sam is sold away three days later. Rufus had not said anything to... (full context)
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After Rufus hits Dana, she knows that the basic trust between them has been destroyed. Dana goes to the... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Rope
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1. Dana wakes in her own bed at home with her wrists heavily bandaged and Kevin asleep... (full context)
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Dana fills Kevin in on the details of Hagar’s birth, Tom’s death, and the changes in... (full context)
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2. Dana and Kevin enjoy 15 days together, long enough for the couple to come back together... (full context)
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Kevin misreads Dana’s unease as eagerness to return to the Weylin estate, and suspects a relationship between Rufus... (full context)
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3. On the Fourth of July, Kevin and Dana have friends over, but Dana refuses to go with them to watch the fireworks. As... (full context)
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Dana struggles to cut Alice down, then holds Alice’s body and cries. Rufus steps into the... (full context)
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Carrie comes in crying, and signs that Rufus wants Dana in the house. Dana goes to the library, finding Rufus there with a gun in... (full context)
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...for committing suicide, but they stay quiet in front of Rufus. After Alice is buried, Dana avoids the dinner in Alice’s honor and goes up to the library to think and... (full context)
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Rufus goes to Baltimore to collect the children, leaving Evan Fowler to watch Dana and make sure that she doesn’t send herself home again. Dana hides in Margaret’s room... (full context)
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Dana resumes classes for all the children on the plantation, and slowly works to persuade Rufus... (full context)
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Rufus comments that Dana isn’t really black, and really belongs with white people. Dana responds that she could never... (full context)
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...sleep, but he wanted her so badly that he didn’t care. Rufus steps closer to Dana and comments again how similar Dana and Alice are, and he grabs Dana’s arms. Dana... (full context)
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Rufus follows Dana up to the attic. Dana keeps her knife hidden in her her bag, as Rufus... (full context)
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...for so long, but had finally accepted him right before she ran away. Rufus takes Dana’s hand and wonders aloud when Dana will stop hating him. Dana’s other hand clenches involuntarily... (full context)
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Rufus and Dana lay calmly for a minute, and Dana realizes that she might eventually forgive him even... (full context)
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Nigel comes in and sees Rufus bloody on top of Dana. Rufus moans once more and then goes completely limp. Dana pushes Rufus’s body away, but... (full context)
Epilogue
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Kevin and Dana fly to Maryland as soon as Dana’s arm is healed enough. They drive into Easton,... (full context)
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At the Historical Society of Baltimore, Kevin and Dana research any mention of Margaret and Hagar together in Baltimore. Dana hopes that Margaret accepted... (full context)
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Dana sighs, regretting the pain that her trips to the past caused for Nigel, Sarah, and... (full context)