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When Dana awakens this time, she is sitting in some mud with rain pouring
down on her. She stands up to look for Rufus and trips over him lying
face down in a puddle. She grabs him before he can drown and pulls him
out of the mud. She soon realizes that heís either drunk or sick. She
begins dragging him toward the house, but eventually drops him in disgust
and goes to the door on her own. Nigel answers the door, and she sends
him to carry Rufus into the house. Once back inside, she comes face-to-face
with Tom Weylin. He immediately realizes sheís back just because Rufus
is in trouble. He asks her to put on something dry and then come back
to library to talk with him. When Dana returns, Weylin comments that she
looks as young as she ever did and asks about the bruises on her face.
When she explains that they are the result of him kicking her in the face,
he sits up in astonishment. Six years have passed since she last was seen
in their lives. She tells him that for her, itís only been a few hours.
She also thanks him for writing to Kevin to tell him she was back. He
is incensed to have a slave thank him, and so Dana talks back to him.
This makes him threaten her with another beating. However, his threats
donít bother her, because she knows if he ever touches her again, sheíll
kill him. She warns him aloud that if he ever beats her again, Rufus will
be on his own. He becomes apoplectic and threatens her once more at the
same time heís gasping for breath. She leaves him before he can see that
she has lost her courage. She knows that he can do anything he wants to
her, and thereís not much she can do to stop him.
When Dana returns to Rufus, heís shaking violently, and Nigel observes that he has the ague again. She canít remember exactly what disease that refers to, so she turns to Rufus who is trying to smile. Nigel remarks that every time she returns, itís like she never left. Dana says she had been hoping sheíd never return, but Nigel tells her that at least she had some freedom. Suddenly, something bites Dana on the ear. Itís a mosquito and thatís when she remembers what the ague is - malaria. She orders Nigel to find some mosquito netting to place over Rufus, but he has no idea why heíd need one. She then takes the opportunity to explain to Nigel that mosquitoes carry the malaria virus in their blood.
Dana then turns to Rufus and asks him why he just keeps trying to kill himself. He says that most of the time, living just isnít worth the trouble. Rufus insists that he does not have the ague, that what he has makes his eyes, his head, and his legs hurt unmercifully. She thinks that a doctor should be called, but when Tom Weylin comes in the room, he says that there will be no doctor. She will cure Rufus just as she has before, and if he dies, she will die. He promises that she wonít die easy.
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