This chapter starts very much like Chapter 1, with a description of the countryside around Ixopo, but instead of leading down to the washed-out, eroded gullies and barren lands, it leads up to the highlands, rich and fertile, and to "High Place," the home of James Jarvis. Jarvis is shown to be quite an ordinary man, one who is disturbed by the plight of the natives, yet so concerned with his own problems that he finds he cannot solve the plight of the natives or his own problems. It is easier not to act than to act, yet he continues to be conscious of a deteriorating state of affairs. His love of the land matches that shown earlier by Stephen. The land was his father's before him. This is the place where he was born and grew up, where he married and fathered a son, and where the son grew up. Jarvis is a decent man, if limited, and has some decent feelings for both the people and the land
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