The Martyr Characters

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Mr. and Mrs. Garstone

Mr. and Mrs. Garstone are white colonial settlers of Kenya, whose murder in their home by rebellious "unknown gangsters" initiates the events of the story. The news of this murder "was all on the front pages of the daily papers and figured importantly in the Radio Newsreel." Their murder is significant because of its political implications: "Perhaps this was so because they were the first European settlers to be killed in the increased wave of violence that had spread all over the country. The violence was said to have political motives." The widespread news and "talk" of their murder and betrayal by their own "houseboy" is significant because it creates an atmosphere in which Mrs. Hill becomes afraid of Njoroge, her own "houseboy." It is this suspicion that ultimately leads her to shoot and kill him in what she believes to be an act of...

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