Poe’s Short Stories

Out of Africa – Book One, Kamante and Lulu: “The Ngong Farm” and “A Native Child”

Summary The Ngong Farm The narrator once had a farm in Africa, located at an altitude of six thousand feet on the foot of the Ngong Hills. The African landscape appears dry and burnt, like the colors in pottery. Trees delicately arch into the sky like ships. On the vast plains, the sky is so …

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Out of Africa – Book Two, A Shooting Accident on the Farm: “The Shooting Accident” to “Riding in the Reserve”

Summary The Shooting Accident The narrator stands watching the stars and moon on the night of December 19th, when she hears a gunshot. The sound alarms her as she cannot imagine why it took place. A few minutes later, the mill-manager of the farm, an American named Belknap, drives up on his motorcycle. He looks …

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Out of Africa – Book Two, A Shooting Accident on the Farm: From “Wamai” to “A Kikuyu Chief”

Summary Wamai A group of elders finally convenes to deal with the shooting and determines to deal first with the death of Wamai, as the condition of Wanyangerri is not yet finalized. Kinanu, the father of the shooter, Kabero, is being held responsible for his sons crime. Kaninu is one of the richest squatters on …

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Out of Africa – Book Three, Visitors to the Farm: From “A Fugitive Rests on the Farm” to “Wings”

Summary A Fugitive Rests on the Farm One night a Swede named Emmanuelson appears on the farm. Emmanuelson used to work in a hotel restaurant in Nairobi. The narrator has not always liked him, although she once helped him years before by lending him money. Emmanuelson needs to escape from Nairobi for a reason that …

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Out of Africa – Book Three, Visitors to the Farm: From “”Big Dances” to “Old Knudsen”

Summary Big Dances The greatest social functions on the farm are big native dances, called Ngomas. As many as fifteen hundred guests come to one. During them, young Kikuyu men and women dress in ceremonial attire and dance ritualistically in the center of a circle while drums beat around them. Ngomas take place during the …

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Out of Africa – Book Four, Farewell to the Farm: From “Hard Times” to “The Death of Kinanjui”

Summary Hard Times The farm always has been a little too high up for growing coffee. The frost sometimes withered the young coffee berries and the high altitude made the farm more prone to droughts. In addition to the difficulties of harvesting, European prices for coffee suddenly drop by thirty percent. The farm has many …

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Out of Africa – Book Four, Farewell to the Farm: From “Farah and I Sell Out” to “Farewell”

Summary Farah and I Sell Out The new farm owners allow the narrator to stay until she is ready to leave. She sells almost all of her furniture, except for a few beloved items. Farah helps her with everything, wearing his most regal Somali clothing as they manage affairs on the farm and in Nairobi. …

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Out of Africa – The narrator (Karen Blixen, Baroness Blixen)

The narrator of the novel is a European female, whose identity as Baroness Karen Blixen is only given through subtle hints. For most of the story, the narrator seeks to be a pure storyteller. She pays careful attention to the world around her. Landscapes are painted with representative colors, textures, and details. Characters similarly are …

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