For Dana, having James Witherspoon, a bigamist, as her father left her with a different understanding of the world and of herself. Since she was just a child she was engraved with the idea that she was a secret that must never come up. Having her own father say this to her, Dana grew up with the idea that she must always put herself second to the needs of Chaurisse. Dana’s feelings of almost unworthiness, or not being good enough is brought up with her future relationships, such as, her secret relationship with Marcus. Dana’s relationship with Marcus was also kept secret, and this wasn’t hard for Dana to hide from everyone because she was used to not being hidden. Dana is so used to it she doesn’t want to think further into the reasoning of why it is so easy to be pushed to the side. I think that due to the way that James treats Dana, she believes that she doesn’t have the right to ask for more in every aspect of her life. She doesn’t ask more from herself, she doesn’t ask for more respect, she doesn’t ask for more from her father, and the truly sad part is that she thinks that all these things aren’t given to “bastards.” She doesn’t concentrate on her value as a person, but focuses on her “faults” that in her mind make her unworthy. Dana lets words such as “bastard”, “illegitimate”, and “secret” define her. Once Dana realizes that those words do not define her, but are more than anything a reflection of her father’s mistakes, Dana will be able to truly accept and value herself.