Mrs. Lithebe has become a good friend of Kumalo and she provides
him with support and sympathy which eases Stephen’s suffering.
She has on occasions found it necessary to scold Gertrude
because of her raucous laughing, but by and large the two women get on well together.
Kumalo visits his son again in prison and they form a deep,
close bond with one another. Just as with Gertrude, he is able to bring back some spirit to his son.
Father Vincent advises Kumalo that he has obtained the services
of a famous lawyer, Mr. Carmichael who will not charge for taking Absalom’s case.
Father Vincent says that Carmichael takes the case, “Pro
Deo” in other words, “He takes it for God.”