He was full grown now, with the grace of a Greek god and the thews of a bull, and, by all the tenets of apedom
, should have been sullen, morose, and brooding; but he was not.
Nearly five years have separated me from apedom
, a short time perhaps if measured by the calendar, but an endlessly long time to gallop through it as I have done, here and there accompanied by splendid human beings, advice and counsel, applause and orchestral music, but basically alone, since all my attendants in order to keep their image intact kept far from the barrier.
Coetzee poses the problem by putting it into a hypothetical thought process of Sultan, one of the chimpanzees Wolfgang Kohler evaluated as to chimpanzee capabilities: "somehow, as [Sultan] inches through this labyrinth of constraint, manipulation and duplicity, he must realize that on no account dare he give up, for on his shoulders rests the responsibility of representing apedom
Thade doesn't like the human traits that are invading apedom