When Women Were Birds - Chapters XXLVIII-LII Summary & Analysis

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In Chapter XXLVIII, Williams describes her visit to a church on the road to Donnini. After kneeling in the confessional because she wanted to feel that posture, she lit a candle.

In Chapter XLIX, relates an experience that occurred when she was fifty. She and Brooke took in Louis Gakumba, a foreign student who was studying in America. He was the son of a Congolese prince. Louis was Williams’ translator during the time she spent in Rwanda. She indicates that she will tell about her relationship with Louis. She includes only blank pages.

The experience was the closest that Williams had ever had to feeling like a mother. She worries about where Louis is and if he needs anything. The Rwandans often say a person has a good heart, and Williams wonders how this quality can be defined. She decides it is through...

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