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By Doris Lessing

A hugely own tale of the eminent British author returning to her African roots that's "brilliant . . . [and] captures the contradictions of a tender country."--New York instances publication Review

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They told me: “You must work hard so that we can pay off the debt”. And they got a bicycle to take the ice cream around – one with a horn which made a silly sound – and they told me to go to the bus station and sell. What could I do? I went for two days … and then I said I couldn’t go any more because people were laughing at me. Then they said, “go to the school” and I didn’t mind that … But all they time they increased the amount to be sold, and were angry if I didn’t sell it’. Not only was Abu, a grown man, being sent out to sell ‘like a small child’, he was also not paid extra for the additional work.

Take a little bit of sugar, you can put it aside for the children …”’ Employers of course join in the game – they have their own ways of inhibiting such moral pressure, as we shall see in Chapter 8. Sara was fully aware of the ways in which servants are put in their place, kept at arm’s length. In almost every place she had worked, she told me, the servant had her own separate plate, cup, knife and fork, to be used by her alone. And she had almost always eaten separately from the family. ” I said, “It’s what I’ve been used to”’.

They told me: “You must work hard so that we can pay off the debt”. And they got a bicycle to take the ice cream around – one with a horn which made a silly sound – and they told me to go to the bus station and sell. What could I do? I went for two days … and then I said I couldn’t go any more because people were laughing at me. Then they said, “go to the school” and I didn’t mind that … But all they time they increased the amount to be sold, and were angry if I didn’t sell it’. Not only was Abu, a grown man, being sent out to sell ‘like a small child’, he was also not paid extra for the additional work.

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