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Unformatted text preview: This chapter contains the return from the quest. Earlier it was suggested that Kumalo's trip to the city could be viewed in terms of a quest. Now with his return from this quest or journey, which some may see as a failure, he has brought back two new people, who serve as symbols of new hope and perhaps of a new quest. Even though this small village is being destroyed by a drought, there is still more of a sense of unity and a quality of life about it than was found in the impersonal city. Paton refers to the valley as a waste land but lets the reader know that there is no waste land of the spirit here. The manner in which Kumalo is accepted indicates a stronger and a more humane relationship than existed in the city. Kumalo, himself, thinks that he should leave because of the disgrace brought about by other members of his family, but his followers respect him for the suffering he has endured. Kumalo has members of his family, but his followers respect him for the suffering he has endured....
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- Fall '09