The Train from Rhodesia Questions and Answers
by Nadine Gordimer

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What does the interaction between the passengers indicate about the story's theme?

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The Train from Rhodesia” is a short story written by Nadine Gardimer. The story describes the events inside a train carriage that pulls into a station in Africa. The reader learns that the poor local people are trying to sell their goods to the passengers on the train.

A key theme of this short story is the discrepancy between wealth and poverty. The passengers of the train are portrayed as people with money, as they are buying the goods that the native people are trying to sell to them. The native people, on the other hand, are presented as poor, as they are the ones trying to sell their goods in the hope to make some money. The poverty of the locals is further underlined by the fact that some children are simply begging for money: “'Give me penny,' said the little ones with nothing to sell.” The various interactions going on in the train...

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