The Train from Rhodesia by Nadine Gordimer

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What have the husband and the wife discovered about each other by the end of "The Train from Rhodesia"?

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By the end of Nadine Gordimer's short story "The Train from Rhodesia," the husband has learned that his new wife does not trust him and that she expects him to be able to read her mind. Meanwhile, the wife has learned that her new husband does not value her happiness above everything else. They have both implicitly learned that marriage is going to demand a whole new level of communication for both of them.

The husband, for his part, thought that his wife meant it when she said that the carved lion was too expensive, but although she did not say so, she wanted him to buy it for her anyway, despite the cost. The wife wanted her husband to treat the lion...

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