In “Absolution”, by Patrick Flanery, the reference made to Clare 's gardens is significant for the reason that the difference between these gardens symbolises the guilt Clare feels for the disappearance of her daughter Laura and the death of her sister and brother-in-law. These gardens also portray the development of Clare 's character throughout the novel and the development of her relationship with Sam Leroux, the man writing her biography. Clare struggles with the idea of the new South Africa not being as democratic as it is supposed to be, as well as black crime, this is evident through her reluctance to move to her new house after a home invasion.
Clare feels that she is guilty for the disappearance of her daughter Laura and for the death of her sister Nora and brother-in-law Stephan, as she revealed Nora 's and Stephan 's whereabouts to an ANC member as she felt her sister was a threat to the family and the following night they were assassinated. Clare abandoned her relationships with her family members, because of her work– she feels that because she did not protect her daughter and be a better mother she caused her daughters disappearance. Clare brought up her children in Canigou Avenue. Their garden was functional as she grew crops in it and the family found it useful. Clare use to love watching the crops grow as she felt it replaced the emptiness inside her from not being able to watch her daughter grow up. Clare did not want to move from Canigou avenue to