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Age of Iron
Age of Iron
by J.M. Coetzee
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Age of Iron Race Quotes Page 4

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"Now that child is buried and we walk upon him. Let me tell you, when I walk upon this land, this South Africa, I have a gathering feeling of walking upon black faces. They are dead but their spirit has not left them." (3.329)

After all of the atrocities she witnesses being committed towards her black neighbors, Mrs. Curren can't help but feel that all of the black people before them must have met horrific ends, too. What's interesting about this moment is that she seems to be making a statement about how if whites are really at the top of the heap, it's because they've actively held down the black people of South Africa for so long.

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