The Question and Answer section for King Solomon’s Mines is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
I'd never heard that the book created a "scramble" for southern Africa, though the legendary city of gold has long been a subject for adventure stories.
The chiefs believed that Ignosi might very well have been tattoed later in life.... that he was a deceiver, thus, they required proof. The chiefs asked for a sign.
How know we that if we lift our spears it may
not be for a thief and a liar? It is a...
Infadoos asked Ignosi to reveal the sacred snake tattooed around his waist.
Now let them also behold the sacred snake around thee, and hear thy story, Ignosi, that they may say whether or no they will make cause with thee against Twala the king."...