The professor may not know what he wants or why he does things, but Petrus, behaving much like the Europeans who seized the land, seems to have a long-term strategy for conquest. As events transpire, three black strangers arrive one day, lock the professor in the toilet, and take turns raping Lucy. They also kill all the dogs in the kennel, steal everything they can carry away in the professor’s car, and pour some flammable fluid on him and set him afire. This horrific crime has different meanings to the professor, to his daughter, who is left pregnant, and to Petrus. The professor is outraged and wants to report the rape to the police. Lucy implacably refuses to permit this or to obtain an abortion. Petrus, who may well have been complicit in the crimes, offers to solve the problem by giving Lucy his protection in the future. In exchange he will take over her property, designate her as one of his wives, and become the father of the unborn child. This is unthinkable to the professor, but Lucy understands the proposal as the only realistic solution to her situation. She refuses to leave her place in South Africa. It is the only home she has ever had, and she is prepared to accept submission.