I had seen the too-red blood substitute streaked across their backs and heard their well-rehearsed screams. I was probably less prepared for the reality than the child crying not far from me. In fact, she and I were reacting very much alike. My face too was wet with tears.
The Fall, Parts 1—4 Summary: The Fall, Part 1 Dana tells the story of how she met Kevin. Although he was working at the warehouse fulltime, he had just sold a novel and heard that Dana was also a writer.
They bonded over stories of unsupportive relatives. Another employee teased them for being an interracial couple. The lunches continued, and eventually Kevin asked Dana to a play.
The Fall, Part 2 Dana gets dizzy, and Kevin holds on to her. In that way, he travels back to the South with her. Rufus has just fallen out of a tree and broken his leg. He is with a young black boy named Nigel, whom Dana sends to the house to get help. They tell Rufus that they come from California and the year He does not believe them.
They tell him a bit about history to come and then show him coins with the date stamped on them. Dana asks him to tell no one besides Nigel.
She also gets him to agree to pretend that Kevin owns her. Kevin and Weylin have a private conversation. Rufus begs his father to allow Kevin and Dana to come with them. Weylin agrees and offers to let them stay at his home.
When asked, Dana tells Weylin that they are from New York. Dana meets Carrie, the mute daughter of Sarah, the cook. A man named Luke questions Dana about her origins while the group eats a dinner of cornmeal mush. Nigel asks Dana why she talks like a white person, and Dana tells him that her mother was a teacher.
The slaves react to this story with skepticism and warn Dana that Weylin already resents her educated speech and the fact that she comes from a free state. They say he worries that Dana might give the slaves ideas about freedom. The Fall, Part 4 Carrie slips Dana some bread and ham, which Dana eats with gratitude, although she worries about sanitation.
Kevin comes for Dana, and they talk. She explains that she is worried he will be left behind if she gets dizzy when he is not around. Privately, she also worries that some taint from the past would rub off on Kevin if he is forced to play the role of a white slave owner.
Kevin has told Weylin that he is a writer from New York and that he bought Dana because he thought her education might be useful to him. He also implied that he is sleeping with Dana.
He warns Dana that Weylin resents her education. Dana hopes she and Kevin will be able to prevent Rufus from turning into his father. She is tied to him, since his scrapes and accidents are what bring her back to the South, so clearly there is no point in alienating him.
Rufus is a also a white male, which means he is a powerful being who could do Dana harm, so logic demands that she treat him with a good measure of decency.
But surprisingly, Dana supercedes mere decency.
Rufus is from a family of slave owners; one day, he will be the same kind of master his father is. Therefore, Dana could be forgiven for seeing him as an enemy.
But instead, she treats him not only with kindness but also a true tenderness. Her motives for behaving this way are complicated. In part, she is driven by simple affection for him. Perhaps it is impossible not to feel affection for someone whose life you have saved repeatedly.
Dana also pities Rufus because of the vicious treatment he receives at the hands of his father. Rufus may be a shocking racist by the standards of our time, but when Dana compares him to his father, she finds him to be the lesser of two evils.
He is sometimes willing to call Dana a black woman, and he often treats her with respect and affection. He is still a young boy, and he shows a willingness to learn.by Jaki McCarrick Setting: Eoghan's bedroom, Ireland Time: present, night time Character: EOGHAN, late 20's Eoghan's father Heber Harnett abused Irene, Eoghan's older sister, in the field beside the lake—having enchanted all his children with the strange story of "the field of hands." Eoghan discovers the disturbing story written by his father.
Kindred is an old-fashioned word that means family members or blood relations. It's especially important to the themes of this novel because the black female protagonist Dana is actually related to.
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