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Discussion Director 1. At the train station, Kumalo tells his wife about the death penalty of their son, Absalom. Mrs. Kumalo responded "I understand you". Is this how you would have responded? I would not have been as calm as Mrs. Kumalo was, instead I would have most likely been extremely depressed and really angry on the judge. Therefore, I would burst out my anger in a scream or I would just start crying for my son. For days to come I would have totally zoned out in conversations and thought about nothing but my son, his memories, his feelings and the things he liked etc. 2. As there was no sign of rain in Ndotsheni, their "mealies" were just about done. What would happen to the people and the town itself if it did not rain for another month or so? If it did not rain for another month or so, then some people of Ndotsheni would start to die because of starvation. ...read more.


Although both towns have lots of differences, they do have one thing in common; in both towns black people are discriminated. 5. Why do you think the author has the little boy (Jarvis's nephew) in the story? What is his significance in the story? I think the author has the little boy in the book to just make things better. He is the character who realises some of the problems that black people suffer in Ndotsheni and he tries to help them out as much as he can. He inspires Kumalo that things can be better in this town and his significance in the story is very important. He is like the rope that connects Jarvis and Kumalo. He tells Jarvis the situations that Kumalo faces and in the end Jarvis helps Kumalo. On the other side, the little boy tells about Jarvis to Kumalo and how things are in the white man's house. ...read more.


He is someone who tells you things straight up and clears up everything yet is nice enough not to hurt people's feelings. He is very formal and respects others just as well as anyone could. Msimangu shows he is trustworthy and helps out people like Kumalo who are new to Johannesburg. All in all, Msimangu is a great character who is polite, trustworthy, respectful and facilitates others. 9. Pretend there was Book 4, what would you expect to read in it? In Book 4 I would probably expect to hear about Absalom's son and hear about how good the farms of Ndotsheni have turned out to be. I would also like to hear from Gertrude and hopefully she comes back to live with Kumalo's family. In Book 4, I hope we get to know Mrs. Kumalo more and what her personality is like. I would absolutely love to see James and Kumalo to be great friends, but there is always going to be a gap between them because of Absalom's actions. It would just be great to read another book where things just become better and better. ...read more.

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