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THE AFRICAN QUEEN Short Summary The African Queen is the tale of two companions with different personalities who develop an untrustworthy love affair as they travel together downriver in Africa around the start of World War I They struggle against the climate the river the bugs the Germans and most of all against each other In the course of much misery they develop love and respect for each other Detailed Summary In September 1914 the German occupying forces hold East Africa The story starts in a small village that is overlorded by a stuffy British missionary Reverent Samuel Sayer and his spinster prudish sister Rose Sayer who is utterly devoted to her brother Rose is also very naive and pious She thinks God would not permit a war between England and Germany or the whole world Some day German troops marches into that village Merciless without any warning these troops invade the village they burn down the huts and the church Livestock poultry pots and pans and foodstuffs even the portable chapel had been taken by the German soldiers Only the mission bungalow was spared Samuel goes on praying the awful calamity of war which has descended upon the world would soon pass away so that slaughter and destruction would cease and that when they had regained their sanity men would turn from war to universal peace Because of this war they were cut off from all communications and the rest of the world Samuel thinks the Germans responsible for the outbreak of the war and all the sufferings Rose is helpless as her brother suffers a nervous breakdown He realises that his lifes work has been destroyed and instantly loses his mind He dies very soon after that while Rose weeps at his bedside One day later the sharp sound of a steamboat whistle could be heard in the village A gin-drinking cigar-smoking man called Charlie Allnutt arrives He is the owner
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