When Head first arrives in Botswana, she is mentally unstable and full of rage at her struggle against oppression in South Africa. She finds the people of Botswana refreshing because they are startlingly different from the people of South Africa. South Africa has a long history of oppression, by the Boers and by the English. Botswana, however, has no such history. Although Botswana was a British protectorate, they had no interest in the territory and considered it worthless outside of the pathway it provided towards Rhodesian gold.
A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings