In July's People, what happens to the character Maureen?

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The answer to the question, in its most literal sense, is left entirely up to the reader's interpretation. When Maureen and her family's comfortable lives in Johannesburg are uprooted by social revolution surrounding apartheid, July, their servant, is able to effectively facilitate their escape. However, the situation soon becomes quite uncomfortable for Maureen, as she is not only in a completely new environment with a different culture, but the power dynamic between herself and her servant has shifted entirely.

The fundamental difference of race and culture between Maureen and July mounts a series of tensions that begin to make Maureen become unhinged. One day, as the novel comes to a close, she hears a helicopter landing and, seemingly out of animal instinct alone, she runs toward it, completely abandoning her family and new situation. Her fate beyond this is unknown.

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