Why does Mrs. Plum get arrested?

Mrs. Plum gets arrested for impeding the police's efforts to check the rooms of Dick and Karabo. Mrs. Plum impedes the investigation by turning the water hose on the officers, sending them away from her house.

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In the novel Mrs. Plum, the eponymous main character is a middle-aged Caucasian widow who leans toward liberal policies in apartheid South Africa. This means that, in theory, Mrs. Plum is against the apartheid rules in South Africa that treat white and Black people differently. She is also a...

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In the novel Mrs. Plum, the eponymous main character is a middle-aged Caucasian widow who leans toward liberal policies in apartheid South Africa. This means that, in theory, Mrs. Plum is against the apartheid rules in South Africa that treat white and Black people differently. She is also a very vocal and academic advocate for the proper treatment of Black people.

As an activist, Mrs. Plum does a lot of things to call attention to her platform and to defend her ideals. One of these events occurs when the police force goes house by house to check whether Black servants working in the district have the proper permits to live and work where they are stationed.

Mrs. Plum thinks that this rule is intrusive and, as a typical rebel, refuses to allow the police to conduct the investigation of the rooms. Preventing an investigation is grounds for arrest in itself, but then, she also decides to turn the water hose on the police officers to scare them away from her house, which is yet another offense.

She gets arrested shortly after for these actions, and she refuses to pay her bail, so she has to do two weeks of jail time.

While the actions of Mrs. Plum look courageous on the surface, the reader will soon discover that she still has a lot of white privilege embedded in her mind to get rid of before she gets to a point of really understanding the needs and realities of Black people as individuals rather than as a group.

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