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1. "There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills..."
(Narrator) This quote symbolizes the rural beauty of the untouched portions of Africa.
2. "They go to Johannesburg, and there they are lost, an no one hears of them at all" (39).
(Stephan Kumalo) This quote shows how urban areas and lifestyles are assimilating rural areas.
3. "She has many husbands" (53).
(Msimangu) Gertrude is no longer a pure nor holy person, for she is a prostitute.
4. "One day in Johannesburg, and already the tribe is being rebuilt, the house and soul being restored."
(Narrator) This is the narrator's way of ambiguously stating that his family was beginning to reunite.
5. "I have one great fear in my heart, that one day when they are turned to loving, they will find that we are turned to hating."
(Msimangu) This states that by the time white people have learned to accept the black majority, it will be far too late and the black people will have grown to hate the Europeans.
6. "All roads lead to Johannesburg."
(Narrator) This quote signifies the importance of the massive city.
7. "For who is not silent when someone is dead, who was a small bright boy?"
(Narrator) Kumalo displays how he knew Authur Jarvis when he was a young boy and deeply saddened that nobody is stepping forward to point out the people that did this horrific thing.
8. "Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear."
(Narrator) This quote is actually quite significant in that it is a call for action. It states that if we do not fix society now, then the future generation will suffer as well.
9. "Have no doubt it is fear in his eyes."
(Narrator) The fear in his eyes is exactly as it suggests, it shows Absalom's fear, thus humanizing him.
10. "You see, my brother, there is no proof that my son or this other young man was there at all."
(Narrator [John]) This is used to show John's greediness and self-importance.
11. "[W]e do what is in us, and why it is in us, that is also a secret. It is Christ in us, crying that men may be succored and forgiven, even when He Himself is forsaken."
(Narrator) This quote is actually more mysterious than the others when it comes to its meaning. It essentially means that, even if someone has done wrong, they can and should be forgiven.
12. "Old man, leave him alone. You lead him so far and then you spring upon him."
(Narrator) This essentially means that, even though he has been taken far in life by his friends, they betrayed him.
13. "It is not permissible to add to one's possessions if these things can only be done at the cost of other men. Such development has only one true name, and that is exploitation."
(Arthur) This quote is intended to hit on a major problem in society about exploitation out of another's expense.
14. "The truth is, our civilization is not Christian; it is a tragic compound of great ideal and fearful practice, of loving charity and fearful clutching of possessions."
(James Jarvis) Arthur contrasts a Christianity that supports the notion of black people as inferior with a true Christianity that rejects white superiority.
15. "In a land of fear this incorruptibility is like a lamp set upon a stand, giving light to all that are in the house."
(Narrator) This quote explains that the Judges in South Africa are trustworthy and give hope to all black men.
16. "(T)his thing that is the heaviest thing of all my years, is the heaviest thing of all your years also."
(Stephen Kumalo) Stephen explains to James Jarvis that they both are going through rough times, because Absalom killed Arthur.
17. "(T)here was a brightness in him."
(James Jarvis) He speaks of how his son had something special in him that was different that other people, most likely talking about his work in helping native South Africans.
18. "Nothing is ever quiet, except for fools."
(Narrator) The quote states that people who do not speak their mind are fools, because people should say what they have to say.
19. "I shall care for your child, my son, even as if it were my own."
(Stephen Kumalo) Kumalo reassures Absalom that Stephen will treat Absalom's son with as much love, protection, and respect that Stephen would have towards Absalom.
20. "Something deep is touched here, something that is good and deep."
(Narrator) The narrator expresses how when Stephen comes home, he is greeted by all of his family who have missed him dearly, and how his family expresses their love for him, even though they may not have all the luxuries that the big city of Sophiatown has.
21. "Forgive us all, for we all have trespasses" (258).
(Stephen Kumalo) Stephen confesses that everyone makes mistakes and everybody has those days. He confesses that everyone has flaws and he prays they are all healed.
22. "I have learned that kindness and love can pay for pain and suffering" (261).
(Stephen Kumalo) This quote is spoken by Stephen to Kumalo to a friend of his congregation. His friend is pitying Stephen for the misfortune of his son. However, Stephen has an optimistic outlook, stating his misfortune is accounted for by happy things in his life, His wife, his friends, his welcoming community, and his newly daughter-in-law balance out the sentencing of his his. The quote signifies that Stephan is within the acceptance stage of his grief.
23. "When you go, something bright will go out of Ndotsheni" (282).
(Stephen Kumalo) The speaker is Stephen Kumalo and he is addressing a character known as "the little boy", Arthur Jarvis' son. The little boy is leaving Ndotsheni and returning home to Johannesburg. In the novel, the little boy symbolizes hope. He makes Stephen laugh and helps to ease his grief. Stephen will miss the his cheerful personality when he leaves.
24. "That is a small angel from God" (288).
(Stephen Kumalo) The quote is spoken by Stephen Kumalo to a bystander, as he watches the little boy ride away on his horse. Stephen formed a relationship with him and is find of the child. The little boy represents hope. He brought Stephen joy in his time of grief. Stephen views him as a blessing from God.
25. "Although nothing has come yet, something is here already" (300).
(Narrator) Stephen convinced the chief to make plans to restore Ndotsheni. Though no progress has been made yet, there is something within that valley; hope.
26. "One thing is about to be finished, but here is something that is only begun" (307).
(Jame Jarvis) The quote is spoken by James Jarvis to Stephen Kumalo when Stephen is crying about the hanging of his son. To comfort him, James points out the silver lining. Though his son's life is ending, the project to restore Ndotsheni has only begun. James promises as long as he lives, this project will continue. Stephen is overwhelmed with gratitude for his compassion.
27. "But when the dawn will come, of our emancipation, from the fear of bondage and the bondage of fear why, that is a secret" (312).
(Narrator) This quote is the last line of the novel. Stephen is on the mountain, while his son is being hung elsewhere. Stephen knew that with this dawn that he son would die. But the dawn of the rapture, when God relieves us of our earthly beings, no one knows when that will come.
28. "Brother had shut out brother. From the same womb had they come" (246).
(Narrator) John and Stephen had an intense argument regarding Absalom's sentencing. Incensed, John kicked Stephen out of his workplace. Figurative and literally, John shut Stephen out of his life, even though they are brothers.
29. "I am a weak and sinful man, but God put His hands on me, that is all" (248-249).
(Msimangu) The speaker of the quote is Msimangu to Stephen Kumalo. Msimangu admits that he is a sinner, but God gives him mercy. In the case of Absalom, Msimangu states that the council gets to decide whether or not he receives mercy.
30. "I need for the rest of my journey a star that will not play false to me, a compass that will never lie.''
(Arthur Jarvis, page 209) Arthur says this in regards to his reasons for advocating, and uses it as a way of saying he does what he does to guide his life in the right direction because he knows equality is the right thing to stand up for.
31. "Cry, for the broken tribe, for the law and the custom that is gone. Aye and cry for the man who is dead, for the woman and child bereaved. Cry, the beloved country, these things are not yet at an end."
(Narrator, 105) This quote expresses the sadness and the hopelessness of people in regards to the destruction of tribal life and culture and the death of Arthur Jarvis and how their despair continues to grow.
32. "It was the first time he had ever shaken hands with black people."
(Narrator, 182) James Jarvis attends his son's funeral, finding the church to be filled with diverse occupants. James finds himself thinking that it had been the first time he had ever attended church, or even shaken hands with other groups of people, especially black people. This expresses the separation between the races, even naturally.
33. "The is no applause in prison." (Note: qoute actually says "heaven," but thought to be mistake.)
(Narrator, 220) John Kumalo knows very well that his voice can move the people and cause mobs and riots, but he does not; Kumalo favors his life too much and likes the attention, and going to prison would take all of that away from him.
34. "Do you not hear the way they speak, the way they laugh? Do you not her them laugh idly and carelessly?"
(Lithebe, 225) Mrs. Lithebe chastises Gertrude for laughing "idly and carelessly," which she explains to express the sinful and bad ways in which they live. This also expresses that Mrs. Lithebe cares for Gertrude, or at least, in some form, what happens to her.
35. "I have only this to say, that I killed a man, but I did not mean to kill him, only I was afraid."
(Absalom, 236) Absalom admits here to the crime as h had plenty of times, but mentions that he had not meant to kill him, and did so only because of his fear. It reveals that he feels remorse for his actions and that he still takes responsibility, even if it had not been his intention.
36. "There is also a great Judge, but of Him you and I do not speak."
(Stephen Kumalo, 244) Stephen is addressing John here in saying that he does not feel ill towards John for what he said during and about the trial. He also says here that God will be the final Judge, but John refuses religion, and so they "do not speak" about it.
37. "Aye, but the murderer afraid of death had once been a child afraid of the night."
(Narrator, 249) The narrator is expresses this here to humanize Absalom. He does this to say that, even though Absalom murders now, he was once but an innocent child.
38. "They say he's going queer. from what I've heard. he soon won't have any money left."
A magistrate says this to a group of white men (they're gossiping about Jarvis). The magistrate believe Jarvis is being unreasonable with his spending and has lost his senses. In reality, the fog has finally been lifted from Jarvis's mind and can understand Africa's situation with crystal clarity. Something like that.
39. "Is there mercy?"
(95% sure) JAMES JARVIS is the speaker. Jarvis wants to genuinely know the fate of Stephen's son, Absalom. The quote enforces the motif of forgiveness.
40. "So they all talked of the sickness of the land, of the broken tribe and the broken house, of young men and young girls that went away and forgot their customs, and lived loose and idle lives."
The NARRATOR says this (i think). The importance is to address the issue of crime and suffering in Ndotsheni and its spread.
41. "I do not say we are free here. I do not say we are free as men should be. But at least I am free of the chief. At least I am free of an old and ignorant man, who is nothing but a white man's dog."
JOHN Kumalo says this. The quote addresses injustice as well as the justifications for joining politics. Stephen doesn't but into it.
42. "I see that it is not God's will that you leave Ndotsheni."
A bishop says this (80% sure). Stephen had brought new farming techniques from outside Ndotsheni and the bishop sees change. The bishop believes God's intentions were for Stephen to improve the village and stay for a well earned rest from the journey.
43. "We work for Africa...not for this man or that man. Nor for a white man or a black man, but for Africa."
The demonstrators may have said this (a guess). Demonstrators showed the mindset required to restore the land of Africa. Restoration and stuff.
44. "HE was too old for new and disturbing thoughts, and they hurt him also for they struck at many things. Yes, they struck at the grave silent man at High Place. Who after such deep hurt, had shown such deep compassion."
STEPHEN Kumalo says this. The quote enforces the motif and the themes surrounding suffering of the people (i think).
45. "I have seen a man...who was in darkness till you found him. If that is what you do, I give it willingly."
JAMES JARVIS says this to Stephen. The "man" is probably (but don't hold me on this) Jarvis himself. It shows true forgiveness.
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