Archive for July, 2010

Cry the Beloved Country Chapter 2

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

In Chapter 2 you meet Reverend Stephen Kumalo. A little girl, the perfect foil, makes it clear that he is respected. She hesitates to enter “so important a house” as his, courteously addresses him not by name but as “umfundisi” (Reverend), and only then says she has brought something from the white man at the store. The name Kumalo, the word umfundisi, and the mention that the sender is white indicate that Kumalo must be black. His language also suggests a nonwhite culture, when he kindly sends the little girl to “the mother,” his wife, for something to eat.