Dusklands Characters

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Adonis

Adonis (from the second novella) is one of the Hottentots who desert Jacobus at the Namaqua village. Jacobus later executes him.

Jacobus Coetzee

It is in the second novella, "The Narrative of Jacobus Coetzee," that the protagonist Jacobus Coetzee appears. He is an arrogant white man of Dutch descent who looks down on all black Africans, believing them to be less intelligent, less spiritual, even less human than himself. He relates his experiences of living in the wilds of South Africa and having to deal with the black tribes that live there. It is through his so-called journals that readers learn of Jacobus's beliefs as well as the events of one particular elephant hunt that he undertakes. While searching for the elephants, Jacobus is taken ill and brought back to health by tribal people. Although he appears to go through some changes during his fever, Jacobus does not...

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