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By Nadine Gordimer

James Bray, an English colonial administrator who used to be expelled from a principal African state for siding with its black nationalist leaders, is invited again ten years later to affix within the country's independence celebrations. As he witnesses the factionalism and violence that erupt as progressive beliefs are subverted via ambition and greed, Bray is once more compelled to settle on aspects, a decision that turns into either his triumph and his undoing.

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A concerned friend,” Jacob replied from between gritted teeth. ” Victoria laughed in his face. ” Victoria narrowed her eyes at him. “In that case, your monkey seems to be missing,” she informed him. “This,” Jacob Carstairs said, suddenly turning away from her and striding from the dance floor, “is intolerable. ” Victoria, aware of all the stares they were attracting, hurried after the captain, having to run a little in order to keep up with his long, manly strides. ” she asked curiously. ” “Ha,” Jacob Carstairs said with a certain amount of scorn.

Is that what you think it is? Fun? ” Victoria, eager as she was not to miss a moment of what promised to be an amusing spectacle—Captain Carstairs rebuking her uncle, that is—could not help but notice a spark of anger in her cousin’s blue eyes. “Why, Becky,” she said, wondering what on earth could have upset her cousin now. For Rebecca, Victoria had discovered during her weeklong sojourn with the 57 Gardiners, had a volatile temper, and was somewhat prone to dramatics. ” Rebecca snapped. Victoria could only ascertain, from the high color in the other girl’s face, that she was in some sort of physical discomfort.

You’ve only known each other a few months,” was Victoria’s aunt’s lament. But a few months was a great deal longer than many couples knew each other before taking their vows. Why, in India, more often than not a bride did not even meet her husband to be until their wedding day! 48 And here Victoria had spent three whole months at sea getting to know hers! No, “You’ve only known each other a few months” was no sort of argument. Her aunt, Victoria knew, was only put out because Victoria had managed to get a husband before Rebecca had.

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