Chapters 32-34 Summary
As Chapter 32 opens, a child delivers four letters from the store to Kumalo. Two are from his son, one from Msimangu and one from Mr. Carmichael the lawyer. He opens Carmichael's letter first, because he knows it will have news of whether his son has been granted mercy by a higher court. Carmichael gently explains that there will be no mercy and that the execution is scheduled for the 15th of the month. He shows the letter to his wife.
Kumalo hears the sound of a car approaching and goes out to look. Some white men get out of the car and meet the chief of the village and Jarvis. Kumalo watches from the church as the men look around, pointing and waving and placing sticks in the ground. The white men get back in the car, telling the chief to be certain that nobody disturbs the sticks. As...