Have you given up something so precious to you for others benefit from? •
Have you ever felt being betrayed?
Have you ever felt inferior?
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“Ah, missus, these are both children,
and one will grow up to be a baas, and one
be a servant” •
“Teddy was about six years old when he was given a scooter, and discovered the intoxications of speed. ” •
“He’s only a black boy,”
Kraal – a traditional African village of huts, typically enclosed by fences. •
Piccanin – a small child
Baas – boss
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The Farquars are a white family living in southern Rhodesia whose only child, Teddy, is a special favorite of their African cook, Gideon. •
Gideon watches sadly as the boy grows older and his attitude toward Gideon becomes more like a white man who expects African people, including Gideon, to obey him. •
One day a snake spits venom into Teddy’s eyes.
Gideon runs into the bush to retrieve a native remedy – a root that will save Teddy’s eyesight. •
The word spreads of the miraculous recovery of Teddy, and a scientist comes inquiring about the root and asks for a sample. •
Gideon feels betrayed by the Farquars and refuses to cooperate. •
He leads them on a long hike (a wild goose chase) to “discover” common blue flowers. •
After some time passes, the Farquars and Gideon seem to reconcile their differences, but a rift remains between them.
A man reaches a crossroads between two cultures and must decide between his loyalty to his African heritage or that to his employer. Setting
Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) during British rule
Teddy said defiantly: “He’s only a black boy,” and laughed. Then, when Gideon turned away from him without speaking, his face fell. Relation in real life:
There will come a time in our life that we will hurt someone with our words without us knowing it until we see their reaction.
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