Messalina Or Lina

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The instilled mentality that slavery was racial based was not yet in the picture. Anyone could be a servant or a slave. In the book we are introduced to multifarious characters of African, mixed race, Native American, Dutch and English descent. One of the relationships that the novel explores is the relationship between Messalina and Rebekka. Messalina or Lina is a Native American woman whose community was completely destroyed by the Europeans. She was later taken in by a Protestant family who they changed her name and she converted to the Christianity; however, that home did not last. They ended up abandoning much to her chagrin. Left to fend for herself, she went back to her “heathen” ways. Rebekka is an English woman who came to America
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