Welcome to Our Hillbrow


Phaswane Mpe

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Jackie is a white British girl a few years older than Refilwe. She meets Refilwe when her parents send her to do volunteer work at a high school in Tiragalong. The girls strike up a friendship and stay in touch through phone calls and letters over the years. When Refilwe goes to school at Oxford Brookes, Jackie—who is also a student there—meets Refilwe at the airport. Jackie also helps Refilwe around campus, and she introduces Refilwe to her favorite bar in Oxford, Jude the Obscure.

Jackie Quotes in Welcome to Our Hillbrow

The Welcome to Our Hillbrow quotes below are all either spoken by Jackie or refer to Jackie . 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:
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Chapter 5 Quotes

Jackie thought that it would be a good idea to go straight to the administration block and get all the formalities of enrolment over and done with. Papers were produced and signed. No, Refilwe did not have to register with the Oxford police, as many Africans, including South Africans during the Apartheid days, had to do. South Africans, black and white, were very fine people these days, thanks to the release of Rolihlahla Mandela from Robben Island in 1990 and his push for the 1994 democratic elections.

Related Characters: Refilwe, Jackie
Page Number: 100
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Jackie Character Timeline in Welcome to Our Hillbrow

The timeline below shows where the character Jackie appears in Welcome to Our Hillbrow. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
Apartheid and Colonialism  Theme Icon
...she meets up with the one person she knows in England, a young woman named Jackie. Jackie comes from a wealthy family that could afford to send her to South Africa... (full context)
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Since they met, Jackie would visit Johannesburg a few times a year, staying at Refilwe’s flat in Hillbrow. Jackie... (full context)
Apartheid and Colonialism  Theme Icon
At the Heathrow airport, Jackie takes Refilwe out for a traditional English breakfast. Refilwe is already familiar with this type... (full context)
Apartheid and Colonialism  Theme Icon
Prejudice and Ignorance  Theme Icon
After breakfast, Refilwe and Jackie take the tube straight to the Oxford campus (the “Seat of Learning”). They go to... (full context)
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Jackie eventually introduces everyone to a bar that becomes Refilwe’s favorite—it is called Jude the Obscure.... (full context)
Regret and Redemption Theme Icon
Refilwe tells Jackie and her J9 friends that Jude the Obscure reminds her of a bar back in... (full context)