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Age of Iron

Age of Iron

by J.M. Coetzee

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Someone else came in, a young woman in uniform with a crisp, clean air about her. "Is dit die dame dié?" she said; and then, to me: "We are going to clear the house for a little while, till this business is over. Is there anywhere you would like to go, friends or relatives?"

"I am not leaving. This is my house." (3.567)

The police invasion of Mrs. Curren's house is perhaps the most eye-opening example of how her home stops feeling like a refuge and starts feeling like it doesn't belong to her at all. She's not in charge of her property anymore; the police are.

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