In the chapter Storm, Dana and Kevin, her husband, end up home and try to reconnect in their time but they feel something is missing. Not long after they try to reconnect Dana feels dizzy and ends up back with Rufus, her distant relative. Rufus has caught a nasty disease that they did not think he would get over. When he finally recuperated his dad, Tom Weylin, dies from a heart attack and Rufus blames Dana for not saving him. Since Rufus feels that way, he forces Dana to work in the fields until he is happy with her again. When he came around to Dana again he informed her that she was going to be taking care of him mother because she is coming back home. The fact that Rufus’ dad died he has to take over the plantation and Dana tho...
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...o home even though she hoped to. Also, when her husband went back with her the first time they were just playing as if they lived in those roles. Even when they go back to what they use to be able to call home, Dana feels as if she is losing her place in her own time because the deep connections she has built back in 1976 has imprinted her to try to adjust and live with Rufus (Butler, 1979, p. 191).
Why does Butler feel that Dana needs to relate to the period that Rufus lives in? The idea she has is like this because she reviews that Dana needs to know more about where she came from and how hard it is to live this way. She also wants to sway the choice Rufus makes without altering the past. Another thing she is trying to accomplish is that life is not black and white, which she needs Dana and people she is in contact with to understand that on a more personal level.
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