Chapters 23-25 Summary
Chapter 23 describes the optimism among white South Africans that gold has been discovered in new area of the country called Odendaalsrust. Shares in the mining company that discovered it skyrocket and there is a general feeling among the whites that South Africa has a prosperous future. They envision a second city the size of Johannesberg growing out of the increased wealth. Paton ends the chapter with the remark that one Johannesberg is enough.
In Chapter 24, Jarvis returns to his son's house and reads more of his writing. In one essay, he is angered to read his son's words about his childhood. He had been taught well by his parents, he wrote, but had learned nothing of the truth about South Africa. In the essay, Arthur Jarvis promises to devote his life to the "service of South Africa" (p. 208) out of his sense that the native...