Study Guide for Kindred by Octavia E. Butler Analysis Synopsis|
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Dana continues to try to convince Rufus that he has to say he was attacked
by white men to give Isaac and Alice a chance; they had ultimately saved
his life. She eventually holds sway over him, but she knows that they
have a somewhat precarious understanding between them. He has the trump
card, because he knows where Kevin is; however, he agrees to tell the
lie she suggests. He also insists that his father will listen to her,
because he’s not sure what he saw when she disappeared the last time,
and that makes him a little afraid of her.
Dana now begins to walk towards the plantation house to get help for Rufus. She sticks pieces of the tablet she brought with her on the bushes so she can find her way back, and wonders as she walks, what the years have done to Luke and Sarah and Nigel and Carrie. Furthermore, what has time done to Margaret Weylin? She startles herself as well by thinking the words, “Home at last!” as she arrives at the house. Even though she knows that only a few days have passed in 1976, she feels comfortable in the thought that time has passed for her, too.
The first person she meets is an unknown white man who demands to know who her owner is. Dana tells him about Rufus’ injury and is surprised when the man whispers that Rufus is a worthless bastard. He leaves her waiting in the foyer of the house while he goes in search of Weylin. The first person that approaches her then happens to be Carrie, now pregnant. They hug, but are interrupted by Weylin himself who disapproves of their affection. He orders Carrie to find Nigel, who will bring the wagon around. The white man Dana doesn’t know is named Jake and is Weylin’s current overseer.
When the wagon comes around, Dana jumps on the back and comes face to face with a grown-up Nigel who looks exactly as she remembered Luke. Along the way to Rufus, Tom Weylin remarks that Dana is the same one he had whipped the last time she came into the past. Then, when she asks where Kevin is, he tells her that he had headed North and that Rufus had received letters from him. He tells her she can stay there for a while, but that she has to work for her keep. He remarks that Kevin had already come back once looking for her. Then, when Rufus arrives home, he sends Dana upstairs to care for him. He mutters as he leaves her that it seems that she is there to be his caregiver.
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