Chapters 18-19 Summary
Book II opens with Chapter 18 at a location called High Place, in the hills above Ndotsheni, where James Jarvis has a large farm. Jarvis is plowing in his field above his house when he sees a car approaching from below. He recognizes the car as a police car from Ixopo, a nearby town, and he sees the police captain, a man named van Jaarsveld, and another officer get out of the car at his house. He watches as his wife comes out and directs the men up the hill.
The car approaches and stops and the officers walk to meet Jarvis in his field. The captain tells Jarvis he has bad news. Jarvis guesses that it is about his son, and that he is dead. Jarvis is devastated. He sits and tries to control his emotion. Van Jaarsveld tells him they have made arrangements for him and his wife to...