94% done with The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood

Though she is still too young, it’s obvious she had some inkling of a crush on Ian. She used the image of not knowing when the pigeons breed as a nice way to hint at it. And because of her barely awakened feeling toward Ian that we feel his death all the more even though she herself does not seem much sentimental over it. I guess it’s that looking back that we get the feeling of loss more than at the time of it.