Dana's relationship to the Weylin plantation is a complicated one. It is simultaneously the birthplace of her ancestors and a place of historical and personal horror. As the novel progresses, Dana is forced to spend longer and longer periods at the Weylin plantation. Paralleling this, Dana's injuries become more and more serious. As Dana travels back in time, she takes the physical scars with her; thus, the Weylin plantation becomes a literal part of her.
At one point, Dana says:
I could recall walking along the narrow dirt road that ran past the Weylin house and seeing the house, shadowy in twilight, boxy and familiar ... I could recall feeling relief at seeing the house, feeling that I had come home. And having to stop and correct myself, remind myself that I was in an alien, dangerous place.
The concept of home in the novel, then, in part shows that people become acclimated to anything—even the most horrendous circumstances. This is precisely how systematic atrocities such as slavery...
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