Dana and Rufus might look like friends from the outside, but Danaís feelings
for him are quite different from what we think of them. To begin with Dana sees

Rufus as a child needing or relying upon her protection. For instance, when Dana
saved him from drowning in the river. Secondly, she views him as a man of his
time. In another words Rufusís personality is the way that any other man would
have been in that period of time towards his slaves. Lastly, he is a ruthless
and vicious slaveholder, which Tom Weylinís fault. Just as Tomís behaviour
on the slaves and on his son. Finally, I will explain in more details how

Danaís feelings for Rufus are in the following paragraphs. As a child Rufus
started depending on Dana. In another words, Rufusís survival was left in the
hands of Dana. Just as when Dana went back to the past the first time to save

Rufus from drowning in the river. "I reacted to the child in trouble".

Also, Rufus depended on her to be his companion. Even more, when Alice killed
herself and Dana came back to the past the last time and saw what happened Rufus
told her "donít leave, Dana". As Rufus grew older he never really
learned to take good care of himself. Rufus is a man of his time. To begin with
he treats his slaves the way any man would do in his period of time. Like the
time when his father died and then he started to buy and sell slaves like any
other slaveholder would do. Like Alice said "Heís all grown up now and
part of the system". Further more Rufus had started to take whatever he
wanted by force if he couldnít get it peacefully. For instance, the time when

Alice said he didnít want to go with him and she decided to marry Issac. Just
as then he thought he should get her by forcing her to come with him and when
she didnít he tried to rape her. "Sheíll get whatís coming to her.

Sheíll get it whether I give it to her or not," he said smiling. To
conclude, Rufus still needs to learn a lot about manhood of his time. As, Rufus
grows older he becomes more offensive , brutal, and vicious. To begin with Tom

Weylinís hatred for his as a little child had turned him this way . For
example, when Tom hit Rufus for stealing a dollar from him and Rufus tried to
get back at him by burning the draperies. Rufus "He said I took money from
his desk, and I said I didnít. He said I was calling him a liar, and he hit
me. Several times". Also, Rufus started to deal with his anger by punishing
other people like his slaves. Like the time when Rufus blamed Dana for his
fathers death and sent her to fields, and also got her whipped. "I guess I
just had to make somebody pay. And it seemed that... well, people donít die
when youíre taking care of them" .Finally, Rufus had really shown his
vicious side to Dana. For these reasons, you understand how Dana feels about

Rufus. No matter how many times Dana saved his life, he paid her back by
punishing her in one of his brutal and vicious ways. If Dana didnít have to
save her future by waiting until Hagar was born she would have killed Rufus a
long time ago. Put yourself in the place of Dana and think about what you would
have done.