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Elias van Rooyen is a strong character in the novel Fielas Child He leads a normal life making beams for money but the money he makes is only just enough to live on pg 3 After Lukas is sent back to live with the van Rooyens after the court case and this is where we start to get to know Elias better But the way he treats Lukas Nina and his wife and the way he gets his money should be both despised and pitied He is made out to be a bad man at the beginning of the novel but he does love his family and we see this towards the end of the novel Lukas joining back into the van Rooyen family puts a lot of pressure on Elias and Barta They want Lukas to feel welcome and to be happy But Lukas just wants to go back to the Long Kloof He does not want to talk or do anything Elias says and Elias started to lose his patience He shouts commands at Lukas like Greet your brother and sister Lukas pg 104 twice and Come and sit over here Lukas pg 103 It makes us feel bad because he obviously does not realise exactly what Lukas has just gone through - having to leave the family he has grown up with We get to see the way he treats Nina too He cuts her hair as a punishment the man grasped bundles of her hair and cut it as you cut corn with a knife pg 163 It is really disturbing and makes us think Elias is bad Or the way he uses the ox reins on both of them to whip them and to tie them up he tied him up with the ox rein pg 159 Matthee also tells how the children fear the reins Before the first stroke hit her she started screaming and kept on screaming while
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