Study Guide

Cry, the Beloved Country Chapter 20

By Alan Paton

Chapter 20

  • Jarvis is going through the things in Arthur's study. Arthur's bookshelves are filled with biographies of Abraham Lincoln and books on South Africa and race.
  • His desk is covered with pages of Arthur's writing on South African politics. Apparently, Arthur believes that the white people who live in South Africa now have a responsibility to invest in education and social institutions for black South Africans, since the white people have destroyed the traditional black tribal cultures that used to function there.
  • As he walks out the door of Arthur's house, Jarvis thinks of what his son looked like as a small boy. (Sniff. Sorry, excuse us, just—where's that Kleenex?)

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