The Angels Weep Setting & Symbolism

Wilbur Smith
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Zimbabwe

This ancient city of the dead was forbidden to trespass by the Matabele King, Lobengula. His taboo on this city is violated both by Zouga, and by his son Ralph, both taking the stone falcons from the city before Lobengula's death. The origins of the city are still speculated on, some believing it may have been the city of Ophir referred to by the Bible. What is certain is that the former inhabitants valued gold as much as those who now seek to mine it again.

Harkness Mine

Named after Tom Harkness who originally shared his discovery of the area with Zouga, Harkness Mine is located nine days walk from the ancient city's ruins. Harkness Mine is rediscovered, claimed and named by Zouga Ballantyne, his son Ralph and his constant companion, Hottentot Jan Cheroot.

Assegais

A stabbing spear with a shaft made of polished heartwood from the...

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