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Book 1, Chapters 1–2 The setting at the start of the novel is the region of Natal in the southeastern part of South Africa. The period is t... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 3–4 In the first stage of Stephen's journey to Johannesburg, a small "toy train" transports him to the junction at Carisbr... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 5–6 Chapter 5 centers on Stephen's first impressions of Mission House, on what he is able to learn at the start of his vis... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 7–8 Just as Chapter 6 featured Stephen's reunion with his sister, Gertrude, Chapter 7 focuses on his reunion with his brot... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 9–10 This chapter consists of 11 brief vignettes, comprising fragmentary descriptions and snatches of dialogue, all intende... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 11–12 In this brief chapter, the novel's plot takes a fateful turn. Just after Theophilus remarks to Stephen it is about tim... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 13–14 In this chapter, Theophilus makes good on his offer to take Stephen to Ezenzeleni, the Anglican settlement for the bli... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 15–17 As this chapter opens, the young reformatory official arrives at Mrs. Lithebe's to apologize to Stephen for his words ... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 18–19 The opening of this chapter is copied verbatim from the opening of Chapter 1, as Paton describes the landscape near Nd... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 20–21 In this chapter, the character transformation of James Jarvis foreshadowed in Chapter 19 is further advanced. James vi... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 22–23 In this chapter, the focus and tone of the narrative shift. Paton trains his spotlight on the court in which Absalom, ... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 24–25 Paton devotes this chapter to a repeat visit by James to Arthur's house. Once again in the library, James reads one of... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 26–27 Like Chapters 9 and 12, Chapter 26 offers an experimental collage of different viewpoints, unattributed snatches of di... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 28–29 This chapter narrates the climax of Absalom's court case. The court releases Matthew Kumalo and Johannes Pafuri. The j... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 30–31 This chapter narrates Stephen's return from Johannesburg to his home in Ndotsheni, Natal. The beautiful, majestic land... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 32–33 Four letters from Johannesburg and Pretoria arrive for Stephen in Ndotsheni. In the first, Mr. Carmichael gently infor... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 34–36 Everyone in Ndotsheni has been preparing for the bishop's visit, who is coming to preside at the ceremony of confirmat... Read More
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