July’s People

by

Nadine Gordimer

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Gina is the Smaleses’ young daughter. Like her siblings, Gina adapts to the culture of July’s rural village and doesn’t seem to miss her family’s old life in Johannesburg all that much. She quickly becomes friends with Nyiko, one of the village girls. The ease with which the girls form a close bond highlights how readily the Smales children accept the culture of July’s people compared to Maureen and Bam.

Gina Quotes in July’s People

The July’s People quotes below are all either spoken by Gina or refer to Gina. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Racial Hierarchy and Apartheid  Theme Icon
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Chapter 8 Quotes

The bakkie? You know I’m tell them. I get it from you in town. The bakkie it’s mine. Well, what can they say?—

Only a colourless texturing like combings from raw wool across the top of his head from ear to ear remained to Bam— he had begun to go bald in his twenties. The high dome reddened under the transparent nap. His eyes were blue as Gina’s shining out of dirt. —Is it yours, July?—

All three laughed in agitation.

Related Characters: Bam Smales (speaker), July (speaker), Maureen Smales, Gina
Related Symbols: The Bakkie
Page Number: 59-60
Explanation and Analysis:
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Gina Character Timeline in July’s People

The timeline below shows where the character Gina appears in July’s People. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
Cultural Displacement  Theme Icon
...traversed since the ancient migrations. Royce asks her if they can see a movie later. Gina and Victor are old enough to understand that there won’t be any movie theaters in... (full context)
Chapter 6
Racial Hierarchy and Apartheid  Theme Icon
Gratitude and Resentment  Theme Icon
White Liberalism and Hypocrisy  Theme Icon
Power  Theme Icon
Cultural Displacement  Theme Icon
...into the hut. Maureen opens a can of pork sausages for dinner. She calls for Gina, who enters carrying a baby tied to her back. Maureen orders Gina to return the... (full context)
Chapter 12
Racial Hierarchy and Apartheid  Theme Icon
Gratitude and Resentment  Theme Icon
White Liberalism and Hypocrisy  Theme Icon
Power  Theme Icon
Cultural Displacement  Theme Icon
The Smales family is in their hut. Gina and Victor use a plastic sack to store litter for the stray cat and kittens... (full context)
Chapter 16
Racial Hierarchy and Apartheid  Theme Icon
White Liberalism and Hypocrisy  Theme Icon
Power  Theme Icon
Cultural Displacement  Theme Icon
July drops off Bam and Maureen in front of their hut. Gina, Victor, and Royce remain in the bakkie as July picks up some other kids. Daniel... (full context)
Chapter 20
Racial Hierarchy and Apartheid  Theme Icon
Gratitude and Resentment  Theme Icon
White Liberalism and Hypocrisy  Theme Icon
Power  Theme Icon
...is misty. Nyiko appears in the doorway of the Smales’ hut to fetch her friend Gina. They smile but don’t talk, since “their friendship is too deep and secret” to be... (full context)