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The uselessness of the chief is shown by the fact that when he sees the surveyor planting sticks in

The uselessness of the chief is shown by the fact that when he sees the surveyor planting sticks in

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Unformatted text preview: The uselessness of the chief is shown by the fact that when he sees the surveyor planting sticks in the ground, he orders his men to also plant some sticks. They are rather comic figures in comparison with the good Jarvis and Kumalo. While Jarvis is in the valley, it begins to rain. As noted in an earlier commentary, the beginning of the rain can be seen as a symbol of the renewed hopes and rebirth of the valley. Jarvis is trapped in the rain and must ask Kumalo for permission to leave his saddle on the parson's porch and to take refuge in the church. The building leaks so much that they have to move constantly in order to find better protection. Ultimately, Jarvis will build a new church for the village. During their wait, Jarvis learns that Absalom's plea for clemency has not been granted and that his son's murderer will soon...
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