The fact that Dana agrees to talk with Alice and make Rufus’s case for him does not mean that she has capitulated or that the system has broken her. Rather, she chooses to speak on Rufus’s behalf because she considers it the least horrifying option available. Persuading Alice to sleep with a man who has already raped her is a repugnant task. As Alice points out, it is an act of collusion with the master against the slaves. Dana understands this, but she also understands that Alice’s fate is certain: Rufus will sleep with her, and the only question is how gravely Alice will be hurt in the process. If she refuses to sleep with him willingly, she will be whipped and raped. If Dana convinces her to sleep with him without struggling, she will escape at least the whipping. Running away is Alice’s only real way out, but she is still weak from illness, and her traumatic memories of the chase and the dogs prevent her from considering running away as a serious option. While Dana decides that pleading Rufus’s case is the best option, Butler leaves it up to us to decide whether she is right. Perhaps, despite what Dana thinks, the spiritual death that results from capitulating to Rufus is more damaging to Alice than the bodily harm caused by refusing him would be. And although Dana never explicitly acknowledges this, she has a vested interest in Rufus’s and Alice’s sexual union, because they are her ancestors. Only if Alice sleeps with Rufus will Dana exist.