Important Quotations Explained
1. I was not sorry when my brother died.
2. And these days it is worse, with the poverty of blackness on one
side and the weight of womanhood on the other. Aiwa! What will help you, my
child, is to learn to carry your burdens with strength.
3. “What it is,” she sighed, “to have to choose between self and
4. It’s bad enough . . . when a country gets colonized, but when the
people do as well! That’s the end, really, that’s the end.
5. Quietly, unobtrusively and extremely fitfully, something in my
mind began to assert itself, to question things and refuse to be
brainwashed, bringing me to this time when I can set down this story. It was
a long and painful process for me, that process of expansion.
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