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KINDRED: SYNOPSIS / CHAPTER SUMMARY
Dana tells the child that she is a friend and goes to her mother who lies on the ground unconscious. Eventually the woman’s eyes open, and Dana reassures her that she is a friend, a free woman without papers who intends to stay free. Dana begs the woman to let her stay, because she thinks she can help her find her way north. In the course of the conversation, Dana tells her that only Rufus knows about her, which relieves the woman, who knows that Rufus won’t tell anyone anything. The woman tells Dana the man who was captured was her husband, but he was also a slave belonging to Judge Holman. The Judge won’t ever give him a pass, because Weylin wants him to take a woman from among his slaves so any child produced from the union will also belong to him. The woman declares that Weylin will never own a child of hers. Dana also tells her that she is from New York, a lie she feels compelled to tell, because California was nothing more than a colony in 1815. The woman believes someone carried Dana off, and Dana doesn’t correct her conclusion, but just says she is trying to find her way back to New York and her husband. Alice’s mother agrees to allow her to stay the night, and Dana goes outside again to retrieve the blanket the woman had been carrying.
Just as Dana bends to pick up the blanket, a man grabs her and swings
her around. When she is uncooperative in answering his questions, he slaps
her hard and declares that she could be the woman’s twin. He wonders as
he holds her fast what she might be worth. When she suddenly is able to
break his grasp on her, she runs for the cabin, but Alice’s mother bars
the way and won’t allow her to come in. So Dana runs for the trees with
the man in pursuit. He catches up with her, and they wrestle around on
the ground. At one point, Dana has the chance to free herself by putting
out his eyes, but she hesitates, and he imprisons her even tighter, beating
her all the while. He throws her on the ground and tells her she has to
pay for the scratches she put on his face. She realizes he’s one of the
patrollers who had returned for Alice’s mother, but who figures now Dana
will do just as well. Dana knows now that she has to lay quiet even as
he rips her clothes from her body. She needs to lull him into thinking
she’s giving in. He rears back to hit her again, and when she jerks her
head away, she hits something that stuns her for just a moment. It is
a large tree limb, which she manages to grab and slam against the stranger’s
head. He falls unconscious or dead, and Dana tries to stand to run away.
However, when she is halfway up, the now familiar nausea and dizziness
set in, and she falls into a starless darkness.
Dana awakens in pain with the blurry face of a man above her. Thinking it is the patroller, she panics and begins kicking, clawing, and biting to get away. Then, she hears his voice and knows that it is Kevin. She has returned home. She apologizes to him for thinking he was a patroller. Kevin tells her that she was gone two or three minutes that time, but she knew she had been gone for hours. Kevin then suggests that he take her to a hospital, but Dana refuses out of fear that she might disappear again, but this time not at home. Kevin fears that the patroller raped her, but before she slides into a deep sleep, Dana says she hit him with a stick and knocked him out before he could.
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