Waiting for the Rain - Part 1: Chapters 5-6 Summary & Analysis

Sheila Gordon
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Part 1: Chapters 5-6 Summary

In chapter five, a large box arrives for Tengo at the farm. Tengo waits until that evening to unpack it, excited to pick among the many volumes for the first book he will read. Tengo struggles at first, realizing that Frikkie's six-year-old sister reads faster than him, but within a short time he discovers he can read quite quickly. The Millers send a second box of books to Tengo, but then no more. Several years pass. One day, the oubass is trimming meat from a kudu buck to make biltong. As Frikkie and Tengo help, the oubass tells the story of the Great Trek. Afterward, as Tengo is left to shoo away flies while Frikkie and the oubass have their tea, Tengo reflects on how the oubass told the story in such a way as to make the natives, Tengo's ancestors, the enemy...

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