A Guest Of Honour by Nadine Gordimer

By Nadine Gordimer

James Bray, an English colonial administrator who was once expelled from a primary African state for siding with its black nationalist leaders, is invited again ten years later to hitch within the country's independence celebrations. As he witnesses the factionalism and violence that erupt as progressive beliefs are subverted by way of ambition and greed, Bray is once more pressured to decide on facets, a decision that turns into either his triumph and his undoing.

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Soon it would break apart. The two surfmen leaped into the choppy sea. On the beach, the others dug in their heels and held the swimmers’ line. 32 Sam held his breath as the surfmen went under. Then he saw their heads rise above the hissing foam. 33 At last the men reached the ship and climbed on board. They tied the little boy to Theodore Meekins’s back. The men struggled back to shore. The boy’s face was white. His teeth chattered from the cold. Sam helped Keeper Etheridge wrap him in a blanket.

Soon it would break apart. The two surfmen leaped into the choppy sea. On the beach, the others dug in their heels and held the swimmers’ line. 32 Sam held his breath as the surfmen went under. Then he saw their heads rise above the hissing foam. 33 At last the men reached the ship and climbed on board. They tied the little boy to Theodore Meekins’s back. The men struggled back to shore. The boy’s face was white. His teeth chattered from the cold. Sam helped Keeper Etheridge wrap him in a blanket.

S. Coast Guard. The stations on the Outer Banks were still used for search-and-rescue operations. Eventually the stations were shut down as modern rescue methods were developed. Pea Island Station closed in 1947. S. government awarded medals to many white life-saving crews. But the surfmen of Pea Island Station never received any recognition for their bravery. Richard Etheridge and his men were most likely over­ looked because they were African American. In 1995, eighth-grader Katie Burkart wrote a letter to President Bill Clinton.

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