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By Nadine Gordimer

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

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No - the rest. of you stay where you are. ' They watched the fat little white girl, usually belligerent with her own kind, go up as if to the platform at a prize-giving, and hand to the black child with the thumb in its mouth one of the small, flimsy flags hastily printed in Japan in time to catch the Independence trade. People were tramping and drifting past the obstacle of the car. 'Are they enjoying it? ' said Vivien. There bad been a sports rally, and a police band and massed school choirs concert, as well as the rather peculiar historical 45 pageant that had gone on for hours at the stadium.

The Great Lakes had been built several years before by the biggest gold-mining company because there was nowhere suitable to entertain principals from Britain and America. ement lattice that served in place of walls between the public rooms and the patio had not pro­ vided for the acute angle at 'Which rain swept in during the wet season ; the thick-carpeted boxes of bedrooms depended entirely upon air-conditioning for ventilation and kept out the perfect, sharp air of the dry season. The patio was now partly glassed in, the rain-damaged raw silk had been replaced with nylon ; the hotel was no longer beautiful but had adapted itself for survival, as a plant goes through mutations imposed by environ­ ment.

Mother, if only Barnabas had worked for a butcher and learnt to cut meat instead of hair ! " ' Well, here's to three crazy people,' sai d Wentz, excitedly picking up his gla s s. ' She had a s o ft, dry voice and her ac cent was slighter than her husband's. ' 'Oh, how do you know? ' said Wentz. ' 'Anyway, that's a n o th er story. - I heard you were g oin g to the Ministry of Education? ' said Wentz. 'Oh, did you? ' he laughed. 'Well, perhaps I am, th en. ' Mrs Wentz had the to ne of voice that sounds as if the speaker is addressing no one but himself.

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