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No Witchcraft For Sale. Doris Lessing. Summary. The Farquars are a white family living in southern Rhodesia whose only child, Teddy, is a special favorite of their African cook, Gideon. Summary continued.

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No witchcraft for sale

No Witchcraft For Sale

Doris Lessing


  • The Farquars are a white family living in southern Rhodesia whose only child, Teddy, is a special favorite of their African cook, Gideon.

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Summary continued

  • Gideon watches sadly as the boy grows older and his attitude toward Gideon becomes more like a white man who expects African people, including Gideon, to obey him.

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Summary continued

  • One day a snake spits venom into Teddy’s eyes.

  • Gideon runs into the bush to retrieve a native remedy – a root that will save Teddy’s eyesight.

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Summary continued

  • The word spreads of the miraculous recovery of Teddy, and a scientist comes inquiring about the root and asks for a sample.

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Summary continued

  • Gideon feels betrayed by the Farquars and refuses to cooperate.

  • He leads them on a long hike (a wild goose chase) to “discover” common blue flowers.

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Summary continued

  • After some time passes, the Farquars and Gideon seem to reconcile their differences, but a rift remains between them.


  • A man reaches a crossroads between two cultures and must decide between his loyalty to his African heritage or that to his employer.

Colonial africa
Colonial Africa

  • Passed from British control in 1965.

  • This story is set during this time.


  • Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) during British rule.

Teddy and gideon
Teddy and Gideon

  • Teddy and Gideon are very close when Teddy is younger.

  • Gideon becomes distant with Teddy when Teddy mistreats one of Gideon’s children in a very insensitive manner.

Teddy s attitude
Teddy’s attitude

  • After Teddy has offended Gideon, he gives him an orange in apology; however, he is too proud to actually say he is sorry for the way he treated the other child.


  • External – Gideon v/s the Farquars and the doctor

  • Internal – Gideon v/s himself

Cultural alienation
Cultural Alienation

  • A feeling of separation or isolation.

  • Alienation is most often associated with minorities, the poor, the unemployed, and other groups who have limited power to bring about changes in society.