The Question and Answer section for That Was Then, This is Now is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Connie harbors a deep bitterness and resentment toward white people. She has been abused by white men before. Mike is the only white man she knows. Even though he saves her, Mike is the only person Connie can project her anger onto.
Cathy is of course beautiful but cares about others and has an independent spirit.
Mark and Bryon go to visit their/Bryon’s mom in the hospital. They are so poor that even after selling their car and other amenities, they are still short of money to pay for their mother’s recent operation.