Study Guide for Kindred by Octavia E. Butler Analysis Synopsis|
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Carrie and Nigel have a little boy named Jude. Weylin gives Nigel a new dress for Carrie, a new blanket, and a new suit of clothes for himself. In the quarters, he shows his bitterness over the gifts since they just give Weylin one more slave for him to sell if he chooses. Weylin tells Rufus that he should have been the one to give Nigel the gifts, but that he wasted all his money on Alice, and now, heíll probably have to whip her sick again to get her to do what he wants.
Dana tells Rufus that she wants him to mail another letter to Kevin, because he should have received it by now and have written back. Rufus tells her just to be patient. Tom Weylin overhears their conversation and admonishes Rufus for allowing her to do it. Dana knows that if Kevin never comes for her, the Weylins have one more slave, having made no investment to get her. Dana waits until the next day to ask Rufus again about the letter when he surprises her by involving her in his plan to rape Alice again. He wants Dana to talk to her and convince her to accept his bed. Dana refuses to help him do what he would do anyway. So Rufus has to play dirty by indicating that he will sell Alice and take Dana as his woman. He even says that Kevin probably wonít come back, letter or no letter; nonetheless, Dana still refuses to help him with Alice. However, in the end, it is his insistence that he will beat Alice if she does not come to his bed willingly that makes Dana try to help him. Dana does not look forward to talking to Alice, because she has so many sudden switches in attitude toward Dana, one minute needing her friendship and the next excoriating her for acting white. However, Dana puts up with them, because she doesnít feel she can abandon her now. It is another paradox that she taken her through all the stages of healing and now she has to help Rufus tear open her wound again.
Dana finds Alice caring for three of the babies among the slaves. She is surprised that Alice has a dress for her, so she can look more like a woman when Kevin comes for her. However, her good feelings change when Dana tells her she has to go to Rufus or be whipped. Dana tries to help her make the right decision by speaking about the three choices that she has: go to Rufus as ordered, be whipped and then have him take her by force anyway, or run away again. She calms down a little and asks Dana what she should do. Dana tells her that she canít give her an answer, because itís Aliceís body, not hers. Alice just weeps that itís not her body at all, but Rufusí, because he has paid for it. She then argues back and forth over her choices, but in the end, Alice decides to go to Rufus, because she just canít run again. She just wishes she had the nerve to kill him.
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