Kindred

Margaret Weylin Character Analysis

Tom Weylin’s wife and Rufus’s mother, a hysterical and high-strung woman who relieves her boredom and sense of uselessness by making the lives of her house slaves miserable. She particularly hates Dana due to Dana’s higher education and confidence. Margaret’s sense of propriety and insistence on acting like a lady mask a deep-seated insecurity, fed by both her husband’s and her son’s callous treatment of her and the rumors that she came from a white-trash family. In her old age, Margaret mellows when she becomes addicted to laudanum.

Margaret Weylin Quotes in Kindred

The Kindred quotes below are all either spoken by Margaret Weylin or refer to Margaret Weylin. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Beacon Press edition of Kindred published in 2009.
Chapter 5: The Storm Quotes

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.

Page Number: 223
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Margaret Weylin Character Timeline in Kindred

The timeline below shows where the character Margaret Weylin appears in Kindred. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: The Fire
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...out, then tells Rufus to burn what’s left of them in the fireplace. Rufus’ mother (Margaret) will replace the drapes without telling Rufus’ father and getting him in trouble. Dana then... (full context)
Chapter 3: The Fall
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...red-haired woman hustles in and begins to become hysterical about Rufus. Tom catches the woman, Margaret, before she can lash out at Dana, and explains that Dana “belongs” to Kevin Franklin,... (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... (full context)
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...herself and says that Rufus’s mother sent her out here for food. The cook calls Margaret a “bitch” and Luke cautions the cook, whose name is Sarah, against saying that too... (full context)
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...will be all right. Kevin himself has scratches on his arm from trying to hold Margaret back while the doctor set Rufus’s leg. Tom has also asked Kevin to stay on... (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 the house and complains about the way that Dana does every... (full context)
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...Dana come sleep in his room at night. Dana agrees, especially when she hears that Margaret has been pursuing Kevin. They hope that the Weylins will ignore the “immorality” of them... (full context)
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...has gone to sleep, but Rufus tells her that he likes her reading. Rufus and Margaret do not like to read for themselves, unlike Tom’s first wife, Miss Hannah. (full context)
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...Dana to stay and read more, but Dana doesn’t want to get in trouble with Margaret. Dana convinces Rufus to try reading a couple of lines himself, but his progress is... (full context)
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As Dana sweeps the library one day, Margaret corners her and slaps her across the face for shaming the Weylins’ Christian morals by... (full context)
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...by saying that she spoke up for Dana today. Dana assumes that Sarah spoke to Margaret, but Sarah says she has as little to do with Margaret as possible because Margaret’s... (full context)
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Sarah warns Dana not to cross Margaret anymore, suggesting that Dana should make Kevin let her sleep in the attic again. Sarah... (full context)
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...again, though Tom doesn’t like the thought of a black person reading to his son. Margaret often comes in, annoying Dana by interrupting frequently to offer Rufus food and drink. Snappish... (full context)
Chapter 4: The Fight
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...then goes outside. Watching a neighbor working in a garden causes Dana to think of Margaret, but the thoughts make Dana feel even more confused about where she belongs in time.... (full context)
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...face. Noticing that Sarah is acting as if she were Rufus’s mother, Dana asks about Margaret. Sarah whispers that Margaret is in Baltimore, but won’t say more in front of Rufus.... (full context)
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...the cookhouse, Dana angrily kneads dough for Sarah and catches up on the news of Margaret. After a hard pregnancy, Margaret gave birth to sickly twins who soon died. Margaret was... (full context)
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...Alice. Unaware, Dana goes to help a young slave named Tess with the laundry. With Margaret gone, Sarah minds the house and manages much better than Margaret did. Dana is surprised... (full context)
Chapter 5: The Storm
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Rufus then asks Dana to use her healing knowledge to help his mother, Margaret, who is finally coming home. Dana pleads with Rufus not to make her Margaret’s personal... (full context)
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7. Margaret is far older and far nicer to the slaves now that she has the laudanum.... (full context)
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...pulls Dana into her cabin one day and scolds Dana for being so agreeable to Margaret and Rufus after just half a day in the field. Dana leaves and goes into... (full context)
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Dana hears Margaret thumping her cane to call her into the house, so she turns to the woods... (full context)
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...in the hall. Carrie brings Dana out to her cabin and signs that she told Margaret that Dana was sick. Dana rails against Rufus for selling slaves like his father did.... (full context)
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...avoids Rufus for three days after the sale, until Rufus comes to find Dana in Margaret’s room. Rufus asks Dana to come to the library with a modern pen. Once there,... (full context)
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...letters as best she can, hoping none of her modern mannerisms will offend the creditors. Margaret is bitter that Rufus now has Dana split her time between these duties and caring... (full context)
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...even with a newborn baby. Dana agrees to help by getting Alice a bottle of Margaret’s laudanum to keep the baby quiet on the road, but cautions Alice to carefully consider... (full context)
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...conversation, and doesn’t even warn Dana that Sam will be sold. Dana rushes out of Margaret’s room when she sees Sam being herded into a slave trader’s coffle (a line of... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Rope
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...watch Dana and make sure that she doesn’t send herself home again. Dana hides in Margaret’s room to escape Evan’s presence and is surprised to find herself enjoying conversations with the... (full context)
Epilogue
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...must have set the fire, then escaped with Carrie, Joe, and Hagar to live with Margaret in Baltimore. (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 Joe and Hagar as her... (full context)