by Mark Mathabane
Kaffir Boy Chapter 26 Summary
- Mark is so sick of being beaten for not having schoolbooks that he starts playing hooky.
- He knows that if he stays away for a month, the teachers will expel him. So for three weeks, he starts hanging out with a group of boys, stealing beer and whisky bottles, which they would sell to shebeen owners. Then they would go to the movies.
- Mama asks him why he keeps arriving home so late and he lies, saying he has to stay for choir practice.
- But Mama was checking up on him and discovered that he wasn't doing new work.
- She went to the school and talked with the Principal, then followed Mark to see where he was going. She told the Principal where he was going.
- Two days later, while he's hanging out at the junkyard with his gang, he sees a group of schoolboys heading his way. He hears Mandleve, the truant officer, says he's come to take him back to school.
- Mark even threatens Mandleve with a crowbar, trying not to go back, but there are too many of them. He says he'll go back to school tomorrow if they leave him alone, but he's lying.
- Mandleve finally grabs him. He and the boys bind Mark with rope, and then carry him back to school.
- The Principal and male teachers are waiting for him. Mama is also there and she tells them to "whip him good" (26.31).
- The beating is "savage" (26.31) and Mark faints. He spends a week in bed, recovering.
- He almost never cuts school again. Even when he's sick, he goes to school, and the teachers have to send him home.
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