Book 1, Chapters 1-5
• In September 1946, Reverend Stephen Kumalo receives a letter from a fellow reverend in Johannesburg, Theophilus Msimangu, asking him to come to the city to care for Kumalo’s sick sister, Gertrude.
• Much of the Kumalo family is in Johannesburg; besides Gertrude, their son Absalom (who is supposedly looking for Gertrude) and Kumalo’s brother John live there. Kumalo and his wife never hear from any of them, however.
• Though Kumalo and his wife have been saving money to send their son, Absalom, to a good school, they realize they will have to reappropriate the money for Kumalo’s trip.
• Kumalo travels to the train station with a friend, who asks Kumalo to also look for another local, the daughter of a man named Sibeko, who went to Johannesburg as a servant to a white family.
• The train to Johannesburg passes through the gold mines which...
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