In Athol Fugard’s play, the characters of the Author and Veronica have different personal dreams, but in many ways, they share the same vision for their country and society. Because Veronica is much younger, she has no memory of the many years of segregation that were official policy in their country. One positive side of her being young and not having those personal memories is that she is intensely optimistic about having a bright, unrestricted future.
When the audience first meets Veronica, she is bringing lunch to her Oupa, or grandfather. His name is Abraam Jonkers, but people call him Old Buks. While he is concerned about the fate of his farm, she feels constrained by rural life. In some ways, her dream is an abstraction of what life should contain: as she says, “‘Adventure and Romance!’”
Specific components of her vision are revealed both by her statements and her behavior. She dreams of becoming a famous singer. Although the family is poor, this is not necessary impossible, the playwright conveys, because she has a beautiful voice. She is also a talented songwriter. All this is conveyed when she sings a song she wrote about the Railway Bus that will take her to the city and other unknown places.
Another place where Veronica’s dream is developed is in her conversation with the Author, who surprises her while she is pretending to sing onstage. They converse about her aspirations to achieve fame as performer. While the Author is cautious, Veronica shows her commitment as she distinguishes between impossible dreams and the proper dreams that can be achieved through persistence and faith.