July's People, Nadine Gordimer's novel about the situation of whites in South Africa during the end of apartheid, opens with a close third-person narration following Maureen Smales' point of view. Maureen wakes when July brings tea to their hut. At first, she confuses him with a servant in a hotel. Soon she remembers she is in a mud hut with a sack as a door. July has brought tea in pink glasses on a tray, with an open can of condensed milk that has been specially opened for the white couple. However, both Bam and Maureen refuse milk, although they...
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