The Toilet

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The Toilet
Plot: This story is about a young black girl named Mholo who wants to do something with her life. She wants to get an education and be an artist or another respectable profession, but her mother thought that was a waste of good money. After writing her matric exam she goes to Johannesburg on holiday hoping to find a job. She stays with her sister illegal, because her sister isn't aloud to have visitors. When Mholo goes out or in from her sister's place, she has to do that at specific times. She has got a temporary job in a clothing factory. She had to leave before half past five. Then there was two hours left until the bus left at seven-thirty. She went to a public toilet for "Non-Europeans" and read some magazines while she was waiting for the bus. She sat there every morning waiting for the bus reading and writing poems.

One day Mholo forgot to bring her key with her so she couldn't get inside her sister's door. She decided to wait for her sister and hope the white wouldn't find her, but they did. The Madam found her and she had dogs. The Madam let Mholo go. Mholo's sister was angry with her when she got home. They worked it out and everything was going find again.

The next morning when Mholo was going to the toilet as usual to wait for the bus, she noticed that the toilet-door was repainted, and it was closed for the first time. She accepted that her toilet wasn't her anymore and she sat down on a bench nearby and watched the sun rise and continued writing a story.

“If you don't have a plot, you don't really have a story. There must a problem, conflict or struggle that has to be solved in one way or the other. The conflict can be very concrete, like in "The Toilet": the main character isn't allowed to stay where she is and has to make sure the landlady doesn't see her. In addition she has an inner struggle: she doesn't like the life she is…...

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