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It seemed almost incidental that he was African.”
-- Sello (Section 1)

Importance: The opening sentence of the novel describes Sello’s belief in his belonging to a community (mankind) broader than that of his nationality or continent (Africa). The sentence also reminds readers, many of whom may be tempted to read novels by African authors strictly in terms of their commentary on Africa, that African authors can participate and comment on general human experience.

Now you know. Do you think I can bear the stigma of insanity alone? Share it with me.”
-- Sello's Mother (Section 1)

Importance: In this passage, Elizabeth, who has just learned the story of her mother’s past, imagines her mother making a “silent appeal” (17) to her. The appeal suggests that society makes insanity a stigma and burden; therefore, the ostracized person considered “insane” looks for someone with whom to share that burden. In some sense, the novel as a whole can be considered an...

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