"He got used to thinking of Willem and Kristoffel as his brothers. Of Nina as his sister. The most difficult part was calling the man Pa and the woman Ma, but even that became easier as time went by."
"If you walk south, it takes you to the village, of you walk towards the mountains, it takes you to the Long Kloof." it was as if she deliberately placed the words between them in the road and waited for him to pick it up. "It's the road they brought you by""
"Was the road to the Long Kloof still open for him? A year and a half was a long time. In the forest it seemed even longer. Had they forgotten him already? How long did one remember a hand-child. How could he find out? Who or what was there to stop him from taking the road to the Long Kloof?"
"It's as if you stole it!" He told her. "I did" She said and laughed. When she opened her other hand, his five shillings lay intact on her palm."
"Lukas, I need you to help me. Talk to Pa." "What must I tell him?" "Tell him..." her Paw forestalled her: "She's an ungrateful brat, that's what she is, Lukas! The forester found her a job in the village, four shillings a week plus food and a room and clothes, and instead of being grateful, she carries on like a pig being slaughtered!"
"And he, Lukas, had to walk with her to the gravel road at Deep Walls where the forester would come and get her that Monday morning."