The Second Hut

1. The Carruthers’ past and present


they once lived in England

they came to Africa in order to live a better life

Mr. Carruthers had been a regular soldier and had late become a farmer (p.79, l.8-13)

In England he was invisibly supported by his family (p.79, l. 7)

Mrs. Carruthers was healthy, “a pretty English girl” (p.80, l.31)

Mr. Carruthers tried to live up to his family’s expactations


they live in poverty, immigrated to an “isolated African farm” (p.80, l.33)

they live in a four-roomed shack (temporary shelter, p.80, l.14)

after leaving the army, Mr. Carruthers took low care of himself and of his dressing (p.80, l.     )

Mrs. Carruthers is ill (depression)

They have two children (two boys) who are described as ghosts

They are not happy in Africa

2. The reasons for Mrs. Carruthers‘ illness

she cannot cope with the conditions they live in

“she did not want to get better” (p.80, l.23)

she gives up any hope and stops fighting (p.80, l.27)

stuck in “stoicism” (p.80, l.26)

at first, she “faced the struggle humorously”(p.80, l.35), but later on when she saw everything become more and more “shabby” (p.81, l.1), her attitude becomes negative

their living situation influences her illness

her illness is a “failure of will” (p.82, l.25)

she blames “the lunatic stiff pride of men” (p.93, l.47) for their situation

“tears of […] release” (p.105, l.61) at the end of the story when Mr. Carruthers has written for a job at home and finally, there seems to be hope for a better life

she completely relies on her husband

2. Reasons for Mrs Carruthers’ illness

– She has a psychological illness (depression)

– In her youth she dreamed of a safe and  comfortable life with a rich and successful soldier.

– At first she tried to cope with the difficulties on the farm, but now she has given up hope.

– Even the doctor said it is a sort of heart disease; her illness has only psychological reasons.

– At the end, when Mr Carruthers wants to return to Great Britain she begins to cry of thankfulness à release/showing human features…

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  1. Hello! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my good old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this write-up to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

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