"There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills. These hills are grass-covered and rolling, and they are lovely beyond any singing of it. The road climbs seven miles into them, to Carisbrooke; and from there, if there is no mist, you look down on one of the fairest valleys of Africa." We chose this quote because it was the very opening of the novel and it shows the reader what they land is like in Africa.
"Stand unshod upon it, for the ground is holy, being even as it came from the Creator." This picture was chosen because this was the way you were suppose to feel when you stood upon the ground. You had to take your shoes off because it was sacred.
"I tell you there wouldn't be any South Africa at all if it weren't for the mines. You could shut the place up, and give it back to the natives. That's what makes me so angry when people criticize the mines. Especially the Afrikaners. They have some fool notion that the mining people are foreign to the country, and are sucking the blood out of it, ready to clear out when the goose stops laying the eggs."
(From Book II) "The grass is rich and matted, you cannot see the soil. It holds the rain and the mist, and they seep into the ground, feeding the streams in every kloof. It is well tended, and not too many fires burn it, laying bare the soil." This pictures shows a contrast in the land of the natives and the land of the wealthy people in South Africa. The land of the wealthy is in much better condition than the land of the natives.
"They fall to the valley below, and falling, change their nature. For they grow red and bare; they cannot hold the rain and mist, and the streams are dry in the kloofs. Too many cattle feed upon the grass, and too many fires have burned it." This picture represents the land that the natives live on and how the land has turned into such poor condition after not being taken care of properly.
"No second Johannesburg is needed upon the earth. One is enough." This picture shows a city like Johannesburg and shows how poor conditions are there and it is meant to show that cities like this should not exist all around the world. Only one is bad enough.
"There was nothing there but the flat rolling veld of the Orange Free State, nothing but sheep and cattle and native herd-boys. There was nothing but grass and bushes, and here and there a field of maize." This picture is showing how strange the land of the mines looked and how it was more of farmland than land for drilling.
"The great red hills stand desolate, and the earth has torn away like flesh. The lightning flashes over them, the clouds pour down upon them, the dead streams come to life, full of the red blood of the earth. Down in the valleys women scratch the soil that is left, and the maize hardly reaches the height of a man... The soil cannot keep them any more." This shows the poor conditions of the land and how they are trying to fix it, but struggling to do so.
“All roads lead to Johannesburg. If you are white or if you are black they lead to Johannesburg. If the crops fail, there is work in Johannesburg. If there are taxes to be paid, there is work in Johannesburg. If the farm is too small to be divided further, some must go to Johannesburg. If there is a child to be born that must be delivered in secret, it can be delivered in Johannesburg.” This quote shows that all people, white and black, are looking for a place to live and make money.
"And when he expected it, he rose to his feet and took off his hat and laid it down on the earth, and clasped his hands before him. And while he stood there the sun rose in the east." We chose this quote and picture to show the beauty of the scenery and how the characters interact with the setting around them.