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Cry the Beloved Country
Transcript of Cry the Beloved Country
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Died: April 12, 1988
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa The hilly South African province of Natal, a lovely road winds its way up from the village of Ixopo to Carisbrooke, a journey of seven miles. This pont schow us one of the most beautiful valleys of Africa.
But when it rains come, the red dirt like blood and and the crops are withered and puny.
Stephen Kumalo was on his house, when a child brings a letter to him. He was afraid to open the letter, because he doesn't know what t espect, it comes from Johannesburg and it could be from his brother John, from his sister Gertrude, or his only child Absalom, thinking it may be from their son, but it is instead from the Reverend Theophilus Msimangu, who said to Umfundisi( Stephen) that Gertrude was very ill and ask her to come to Sophia Town, Johannesburg to help her. Absalom has gone to Johannesburg, he will never come back so they has to look for the money for the education at St. Chad's. Stephen Kumalo has gone, on the train.
Sibeko, a man, whose daugther has not written since she leaves. Kumalo was doing what he can, so he goes on a place where all people were from the same social class as him. his companion explatin to him The train has to make a big trip aroud the hills, and other villages, and he doesn't recognized nothing of all what he was looking, all of that has changed. When the train arrive, he was unsure, and alone on that big city, Johannesburg the he get rob because he leave that another boy buy his ticket, he was really naive, then he met Mr. Mafolo, a man who helped him to go to the Mission House, where Reverend Msimangu greets him. I't was the first time that Stephen Kumalo feels secure in Johannesburg. Kumalo would have to stay in a room at the house of the elderly Mrs. Lithebe. He eats at the Mission House, with the priest from England and another priest from Ixopo. He describe them as people that lives the tribe and the house broken. They discuss from the Johannesburg mail, that there was a lot of old people that was robbed and beaten by two natives. wich was the story of Sibeko, he wasn't from the same church as him, but Stephen hesitate, and said that all of them are the same people, and shoud not get on troubles.
His most pressing fear, was to have an experience like his son, when he die on the streets when he inadvertently stepped into traffic. Msimangu and Kumalo speak after dinner, Kumalo tells him that her sister came t Johannesburg when her husband recruited for the mines, but at the end of his job he did not return. Msimangu tells him what Gertrude was doing know as a job, she was a prostitute and lives in Claremont, that she was more than once in jail, and that know she has a child. Kumalo tells him too about Absalom, and Msimangu offers to help him find his son. John wasn't anymore a carpenter, but he was a really good man in politics, despite having no use for the Church.