The chapter slowly passes from the description of the exterior, physical world to the interior of Kumalo's mind, in which we discover his fears about his sister and about his son, and his qualms about catching a bus in the large city. Stephen's fears of Johannesburg are a part of his inexperience in coping with the white man's world, which for this simple man is a complicated world, full of traps and dangers, while his own area is simple and natural. When Stephen's friend asks him to find Sibeko's daughter in the suburb of Springs, we are reminded that what has happened to Stephen's family is not an isolated case, but part of the general breaking up of African life and the disintegration of native family life. This sort of parallelism is a device Paton uses a great deal. As soon as Kumalo is in the outside world, there is a significant change in his actions. Whereas in
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