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Character Portrayal of Thebedi We are first introduced to Thebedi as a child. In the beginning of "Country Lovers", Thebedi, and Paulus Eysendyck were two children

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Character Portrayal of Thebedi We are first introduced to Thebedi as a child. In the beginning of "Country Lovers", Thebedi, and Paulus Eysendyck were two children playing together on a farm. Thebedi is the daughter of a farm worker and is black and Paulus is white and the son of the farm owner. Normally once the white children go to school things change, and they no longer play together, but this time it was different. Due to schooling they were not allowed to socialise and meet up, as the black people were inferior to the whites. Thebedi remained friends with Paulus during his schooling. She did not understand her place, and with childhood innocence, thought they were no different. In the second paragraph Thebedi received a box that Paulus had made himself in his woodwork class, in return she gave him a bracelet she had made herself, from thin brass wire and grey and white beans. She believed she could show fondness between them having exchanged gifts still confident with her place in his life. ...read more.

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She laughed and listened contently to all his tales and never got bored of hearing about them. When they were sat at the lake, you get the image that she is not scared of him, and she is attentive. We know she was not scared of him as "They were not afraid of each other, they had known one another always" . Later when it was a hot day she went into the river "her dress bunched modestly and tucked into the legs of her pants." So when Paulus saw this he felt something he had never felt before, even though he had seen girls in bikinis, and the sight of their "dazzling bellies and thighs in the sunlight." She continued to behave the same way in the presence of Paulus confident with her place. We also know that there is a feeling of lust between them, "he did with her what he had done that time in the storeroom at the wedding, and this time it was so lovely, so lovely he was surprised... ...read more.

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She knew that he would know it was his baby but did not realise what he would do to the baby. A few days later he returned to her house and killed the baby, she did not do anything about it. The police became involved and they had to go to court. The first time she was in court, she gave evidence against Paulus and said: "yes, yes, she saw the accused pouring liquid into the baby's mouth. She said he had threatened to shoot her if she told anyone." You could tell she was scared, as whilst she was in the witness box she was "crying hysterically". Another year went past before the case was brought to trial. But this time she changed her story and said that she had not seen what the white man had done in the hut. We do not know why she changed her story, but we can only imagine, given that during the later trial she had another baby. Thebedi throughout the short story was a very strong character, she was perceptive, attentive, loyal, a listener, and confident. ?? ?? ?? ?? "Country Lovers" by Nadine Gordimer Lynzi Best 10.2 ...read more.

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