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The path of true love has never run smoothly. These short stories, "The Lovers," by Bessie Head, and "The Rain Came," by Grace Ogot, were created notable due to their tragedies. Each story shows the misfortunes and predicaments related to love. The tales expose that the course of true love isn't smooth, and must never be eloquent, if we are to fully appreciate what true love is. A core concept portrayed in both stories is the notion of different sorts of love. Passion between couples is the form more commonly thought of when referring to true love. In "The Lovers," Tselane, a young woman, and Keaja, a young man, are a passionate couple who have a love affair in a society where that sort of thing is forbidden. In "The Rain Came," Oganda, chief Lbong'o's daughter, and Osinda, a young man from another tribe, are madly in love as well. The affectionate love between kin, however, can be just as profound. Tselane is very fond of her father's second wife, Mma-Monosi, while Keaja and his father, Rra-Keaja, are also quite friendly. Oganda and Lbong'o also have a very close relationship, because L’bongo is especially fond of his daughter. The stories "The Lovers" and "The Rain Came" show that no matter whom you care for there will always be hardships on the way on the way of true love. In the story "The Lovers," Tselane and Keaja exhibit love towards each other as well as to their kin, but their path of love has both potholes and dead ends. The societal expectations and traditions act as potholes and hamper the relationship of the young couple, because, in their world, women and men live strictly apart, especially the young and unmarried. The village holds no place for people wildly carried away by their emotions, and enforce...