Bessie Amelia Head - This individual is born to parents of mixed race. Despite mental instability and religious turmoil, this person succeeds in teaching and has a successful journalism career. This person leaves South Africa for Botswana due to political turmoil.
The People of Botswana - This group is mystical, spiritual, calm, and uninterested in change. They mostly want to be left alone.
The South African Blacks - This group struggles against oppression.
The Afrikaners - This oppressive group descended from Dutch settlers and are brutal rulers.
Bessie Amelia Emery - This person suffers from mental illness and gives birth in a mental hospital.
Head's Father - This person manages race horses for a wealthy white family.
Nellie Heathcote - This person is a good Catholic and adopts the author.
Alice Birch - This person is a missionary who places the author in an Anglican boarding school...
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