Kindred

The cook of the Weylin family, who chooses to stay a slave in order to ensure the safety of her deaf, mute daughter Carrie. Sarah and Dana become friends and Dana learns to respect Sarah’s endurance and self-sacrifice. Butler uses Sarah to undermine the “mammy” stereotype of a slave who becomes too close to the white family they serve. Sarah’s subservient attitude to the Weylin family masks a deep rage at the abuse that the Weylins have put Sarah through by selling her children.

Sarah Quotes in Kindred

The Kindred quotes below are all either spoken by Sarah or refer to Sarah. 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 3: The Fall Quotes

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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Chapter 4: The Fight Quotes

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
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 5: The Storm Quotes

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
Explanation and Analysis:

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Sarah Character Timeline in Kindred

The timeline below shows where the character Sarah appears in Kindred. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3: The Fall
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...food. The cook calls Margaret a “bitch” and Luke cautions the cook, whose name is Sarah, against saying that too loudly. (full context)
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Sarah dishes Dana some sad-looking corn meal mush while Dana wistfully smells the stew Sarah is... (full context)
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...whirl of activity as other black people come in to get food or talk to Sarah. (full context)
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...his broken leg. Carrie runs into the cookhouse with her hands over her ears, and Sarah explains that Carrie likes Rufus because Rufus kept the other children from teasing her when... (full context)
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5. Sarah takes Dana into the cookhouse and begins teaching her to cook, while Margaret follows Dana... (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 wants to see Dana. Dana... (full context)
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...will punish her for sleeping with Kevin. She finishes her tasks and goes to find Sarah in the cookhouse. Sarah greets Dana by saying that she spoke up for Dana today.... (full context)
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Sarah warns Dana not to cross Margaret anymore, suggesting that Dana should make Kevin let her... (full context)
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...beaten by the Weylins. Dana offers to teach Carrie as well, though she knows that Sarah doesn’t want Carrie to take the risk of learning. Carrie runs out of the cookhouse... (full context)
Chapter 4: The Fight
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...room, Dana bandages Rufus as best she can, but his fever and coughing get worse. Sarah comes up to see Dana and sighs at the marks of fighting on Rufus’s face.... (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 Dana that he... (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 hard pregnancy, Margaret gave birth... (full context)
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...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 that Sarah... (full context)
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Dana wants to give Sarah hope of freedom, telling her about books written by slaves who escaped and made it... (full context)
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Sarah comes in to the attic and asks about Alice. Sarah then tells Dana that the... (full context)
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...Dana down to the cookhouse, where they find out that Carrie is having her baby. Sarah rushes out to help with the birth, leaving Dana in charge of supper. Rufus has... (full context)
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...is to threaten to hurt other people – just like Tom used Carrie to control Sarah. Dana now knows that she cannot depend on Rufus to help her go North to... (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 Edwards assigns her the laundry because Tess is going to the... (full context)
Chapter 5: The Storm
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...anyone. Dana has no idea how to help Rufus get well, so Nigel suggests that Sarah make the tea she usually makes to help ague. Sarah comes in with the tea,... (full context)
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5. Dana goes back to work with Sarah and Carrie, as Rufus completely ignores her. She is grateful for the chance to catch... (full context)
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...the corn husking party stops Dana at the cookhouse and introduces himself as Sam Jones. Sarah had already warned Sam not to pursue Dana and invite Rufus’s anger, but Sam wants... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Rope
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...Dana asks what happened to Alice’s children, but Rufus walks away. Dana goes to find Sarah in the cookhouse and tells her Alice is dead. Sarah hisses that Rufus killed Alice,... (full context)
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Dana sighs, regretting the pain that her trips to the past caused for Nigel, Sarah, and the others. Kevin reminds her that there’s nothing they can do now. They look... (full context)