Please wait while we process your payment
If you don't see it, please check your spam folder. Sometimes it can end up there.
Don’t have an account?
Create Your Account
Sign up for your FREE 7-day trial
Already have an account? Log in
Choose Your Plan
$4.99/month + tax
$24.99/year + tax
Save over 50% with a SparkNotes PLUS Annual Plan!
for a group?
Get Annual Plans at a discount when you buy 2 or more!
$18.74 /subscription + tax
Subtotal $37.48 + tax
on 2-49 accounts
on 50-99 accounts
Want 100 or more?
for a customized plan.
You'll be billed after your free trial ends.
7-Day Free Trial
Renews February 5, 2023
January 29, 2023
Discounts (applied to next billing)
This is not a valid promo code.
(one code per order)
SparkNotes Plus subscription is $4.99/month or $24.99/year as selected above. The free trial period is the first 7 days of your subscription. TO CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION AND AVOID BEING CHARGED, YOU MUST CANCEL BEFORE THE END OF THE FREE TRIAL PERIOD. You may cancel your subscription on your Subscription and Billing page or contact Customer Support at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your subscription will continue automatically once the free trial period is over. Free trial is available to new customers only.
For the next 7 days, you'll have access to awesome PLUS stuff like AP English test prep, No Fear Shakespeare translations and audio, a note-taking tool, personalized dashboard, & much more!
You’ve successfully purchased a group discount. Your group members can use the joining link below to redeem their group membership. You'll also receive an email with the link.
Members will be prompted to log in or create an account to redeem their group membership.
Thanks for creating a SparkNotes account! Continue to start your free trial.
Your PLUS subscription has expired
boy already knew more about revenge than I did. What kind of man
was he going to grow up into?”
Dana makes this observation about Rufus
in part 2 of “The Fire.” In this section,
Dana returns to the past for the second time to save Rufus from
a fire he started himself. Rufus set his draperies ablaze in retaliation
against his father, Weylin, who whipped him for stealing a dollar.
The brutality of the punishment is striking to Dana, who comes from
a culture in which children are rarely spanked, let alone whipped.
At this point in the story, Dana is still easily shocked. She has
not grown accustomed to the bloodiness of the past. Yet even at this
early stage in the novel, and in Dana’s and Rufus’s relationship, the
tenor of their relationship has been established. Rufus comes from
a violent world, and he is being raised (and neglected) to be a violent
master. Although he is still a child, Rufus already lives an existence
in which whippings are a commonplace, and fits of pique result in
fires. Although Dana does not answer the question she poses here
(“What kind of man was he going to grow up into?”), we can guess,
along with her, that he will grow up to be the kind of man his father
is: harsh, powerful, and cruel.
Ace your assignments with our guide to Kindred!