Cry, the Beloved Country

What does msimangu mean when she says "the tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that they are not mended again."

at the end of chapter 5

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Her analysis of their lives is what is true of many lives. The tragedy of her life and the lives of those around her focuses on that nothing will change. Their lives are "broken," but the reality is that no matter how much they experience "things," nothing will ever change for them. No will one try to "fix" the situation in which they find themselves.