Then when Nhamo came home at the end of his first year. you could see that he was too no longer the same person
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After his first year away, Nhamo changes perceptibly. His physical presence becomes more anglicized, and he also claims to have forgotten how to speak Shona. This gives him an excuse to not communicate with his family, whom he looks down upon. Jeremiah finds Nhamo's arrogance and refusal to communicate impressive, since it means his son is dedicated to his studies, but Ma'Shingayi is distressed because she thinks someone has bewitched her son into forgetting his native language. Nhamo also refuses to help his family in any way. His time at the mission has left him lazy, and his manner toward the entire family is one of condescension.