Study Guide

Cry, the Beloved Country Chapter 36

By Alan Paton

Advertisement - Guide continues below

Chapter 36

  • It's the day before Absalom's execution, and Kumalo decides to hike up the mountain. That's his usual M.O. when something's really troubling him.
  • On his way, Kumalo bumps into Jarvis, who's got a letter about plans for renovating the church, which Kumalo will give to his Bishop.
  • Jarvis plans to move permanently to Johannesburg with his grandchildren, so Kumalo takes the opportunity to thank Jarvis for everything that he has given Ndotsheni.
  • At the mountaintop, Kumalo reflects on all of his regrets and all of the things he is grateful for.
  • Kumalo knows that he will die long before peace comes to South Africa, because there is so much fear among the people.
  • Soon enough he falls asleep.
  • Just before dawn, Kumalo wakes up on the mountaintop and realizes that it is nearly time for his son's execution.
  • Kumalo prays as the sun rises. Elsewhere, Shmoop sobs.

Cry, the Beloved Country Chapter 36 Study Group

Ask questions, get answers, and discuss with others.

Tired of ads?

Join today and never see them again.

This is a premium product

Please Wait...