What quote in Alan Paton's Cry the Beloved Country best supports the theme?

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Above all else, Cry the Beloved Country is a book about the hope that is found in reconciliation. Reconciliation begins between men and then extends to reconciling with the land so that all people are well nourished. Without reconciliation, the land will die and the people will vanish.

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Above all else, Cry the Beloved Country is a book about the hope that is found in reconciliation. Reconciliation begins between men and then extends to reconciling with the land so that all people are well nourished. Without reconciliation, the land will die and the people will vanish.

There are a number of quotes that support that idea, but perhaps the most effective is the salutation and valediction that courses througout the novel: Go well, stay well. It is simple and symbolic, and yet summarizes hope for the future, both in South Africa and in any nation wherein people groups wage war against each other and against the land.

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